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Jan 23, 2013 10:49 AM


In looking at the various menus, they seem very limited (small). Have not been in the past. Is that the case?

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  1. tomorrow i'll be having dinner at Piccolo in venice.
    their menu offers 5 courses, iirc.
    not small.

    1. I always feel like restaurant week is sort of like amateur hour.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Have to say, I completely concur..... Even though I've not been, it just reeks to me of valentines day & New Year's Eve rolled into one..... I'd rather pay the full price and get a better overall experience.

        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

          Ah, no. Restaurant Week is not even remotely as bad as Valentine's Day, Mother's/Father's Day or New Years Eve. It's not even close. It's a bit more crowded weekdays, but that's it.

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            depends on the restaurant.

            some restaurants have a very consistent assembly line (like Lukshon)
            i can't discern any difference between the food served at Lukshon during restaurant week and the food they serve at other times.

            other restaurants have more variability.

            1. re: westsidegal

              It's not rally like dining on a holiday like Dirtywextraolives says, but its more about dumbing down the food.

              Just because someone tells you that you’re getting a deal, it doesn’t mean that you really are. Restaurant Week allows a place to make one menu so its easy to churn while basically getting the same or more revenue per diner.

              It's like a dumbed down prix-fixe

              1. re: ipsedixit

                that's true in some places,
                that's untrue in others.

                for instance,
                the dinner menu for Lukshon's dinela week contains all the dishes that i would have wanted to order from the regular menu.
                the portion sizes are the same.
                the pricing is lower.
                when i go there before or after restaurant week, the food and portion sizes are the same.

                when lily's french cafe was still in business, they too would offer a selection of the regular items on their menu at reduced prices. i used to go there often enough at other times to know this as a fact (how i miss their flamich tart and their pesto crusted white fish!).

                fogo de chao, although they may offer meat fewer choices, certainly does not change the quality nor quantity of their food, and absolutely they charge less during restaurant week.

                although i have not gone there this year, the quality and quantity of the food offered at obika in the past have not been any less than that offered from the regular menu, and their prices have been lower. the only reason i'm steering away from them this time around is that this year's menu is too meat-centric for it to be worth the drive for me. if they had simply repeated last year's offerings, i'd be there again in a minute.

                certainly your assessment may be true for many, or even for most, of the other restaurants but it is certainly NOT true for all.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  add Sotto to the list.
                  the portion of soup and pizza was the same size as normal.
                  i don't know what size their normal portion of cannolo is, so i can't say about that,
                  their prices were lower than normal.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    As good as the pizzas are, I think Sotto does revelatory things with the calzone.

        2. Just returned from a great meal at The Hungry Cat in Santa Monica Canyon. Each dish was perfectly executed. We felt we got a great bang for our buck.(s).