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Dec 29, 2012 10:49 AM

Vincent Restaurant..... French cuisine my bottoms

Dear people who have put favored opinion of Vincent here, you may want to dine around a bit more to realize all you get at Vincent is a fancy corner with Orchestra hall in sight.
Alright to the food. I started with a French Cabernet ($10 glass), now from the taste I can tell this bottle has been left open for far longer than one should, beyond that, I can buy a bottle of Cabernet from napa valley with more nose, texture, flavor and finish than what they served for a lot less. May be I am being too picky on wines, so lets look at the appeitizer which was 'calamari and braised duck'.
Very interesting choice, I was intrigued if those two go together, well after eating I can say, no they don't. Duck was decent, a little over cooked but may be I am not educated in french preparation of duck, although it tasted more like a chinese recipe especially with pickled vegetables in it. Calamari was cut in rings and just dropped over it, no preparation, overcooked and almost felt like eating rubber bands. Again, may be I am being too picky and calamari is supposed to be served blend, overcooked with no seasoning in French cuisine.
Next comes the Vincent burger, yes the one which has been praised by many on this blog. I can point out 50 spots in twin cities with better burgers. For $15, this burger is a disgrace. Again may be with all the dutch cheese I have eaten, I am being picky on gouda flavored paste they put on the burger, I mean how much more you would need to charge before you can cut a slice of decent Gouda and place it in a burger. The beef had no flavor, it was cooked well, I will give credit for it, but if you are going to compete in minneapolis, you have to season your meat, bring out a unique flavor and finally, while I can forgive most mistakes, for a restaurant to call itself french and then serve a soft soggy bun is nothing more than insult to a burger and anything French. Seriously, frozen packaged fries on the side....these days food carts with 5 dollar burger cut and serve fresh french fries.
The chef at Vincent should be happy not to live during the French revolution because this was the meal that would have gotten him/her in front of line to guillotine.... Good bless the first amendment, right to free speech and right to serve whatever crap you can cook and call it french.

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  1. I think you set yourself up to be disappointed. You would have had less to complain about had you returned the wine and requested a glass from a newly opened bottle.

    Also, you are wrong about the fries being frozen.

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    1. re: MplsM ary

      I'm with Mary. Any restaurant can have a bad day/meal/service, but the real issue is how do they respond to poor performance.

      Did you let them know the wine was off? Did you inform them the calamari was overdone? Did you ask to speak to a manager?

      If you don't attempt to give the restaurant a chance to correct it's errors, you wind up sounding like a big whiner, especially when you have no posting history here.

      Personally I have never been to Vincent, but I trust the judgment of most of the people on this board.

    2. I'm sorry that you had a lousy experience at Vincent. While I have not eaten there recently, I have had several excellent meals there in the past. And, like you, I think that the Vincent burger is over-rated.

      My suggestion for you, though, would be to order French food at a French restaurant if that's what you're seeking. Try the escargot, the moules frites, or the cassoulet. If those don't do it for you, then so be it.

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      1. re: bob s

        Yes, you're yearning for napa cab and eating burgers at Vincent, while demonizing it. Why not eat at the 8th St. grill a few blocks away?

      2. My DH and I ate at Vincent 2 weeks ago. We had the prix fixe menu with the wine pairings. Everything was delicious. The item we liked the least was the beef tenderloin. I think my favorite was the scallop. The tasting menu didn't include anything the original poster ordered.

        1. I look forward to the "50 Better Twin Cities Burgers" list, but I guess that would be another thread. I would also enjoy the "Delicious Dutch Cheeses I Have Eaten" list.

          1. "50 spots in twin cities with better burgers"

            Okay, you're on. Go: