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Has anyone been to Marigold restaurant since the switch to no menus? How is it?

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  1. Expensive, and a surprise. No mention was given when res was made or afterwards.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/th... story on Marigold.

      85 is not cheap but up to 15 courses is a lot of food. I wonder how they handle dietary concerns such as no pork, gluten free or vegan. (entree choice is veg, seafood or meat) .

      I like the concept, however I am not sure how many people will appreciate it and whether this really spells the beginning of the end for this restaurant.

      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        Was it good?

        1. re: Buckethead

          l refuse to answer as l am the resident curmudgeon of the board already.

          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            "l am the resident curmudgeon of the board already."

            You say that as if it were a bad thing!

            1. re: Buckethead

              Merci !

              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                I prefer tasting menus...so much better than the olive, two panko crumbs, and a stray leaf of arugula that is left for me by the time a shared plate makes it around the table

            2. re: Delucacheesemonger

              Deluca, agree or not I find your comments enlightening. One may notice on this site that frequently posters fall right in line with the popular opinion. Dissent pro or con, for me, always encourages a closer look at the issue and my impressions.

        2. it wasn't as good as the first time I went. Some dishes were great, some were trying to be so much but just flopped.

          I don't understand why there wasn't enough surprise on the old menu when you chose a few items and the stream of amuse (to me, highlight of meal) seemed to keep things plenty interesting

          I will also say on last visit - noise was way too loud

          Still like the restaurant, love the value, but seems like a step in wrong direction

          1. I find an uncomfortable level of arrogance in such a policy.
            Agree with CW about being sensitive to dietary restrictions and assuming that clients will gratefully embrace all creations of control-freak Chef.

            Dinner with no prices is discomforting enough (anyone remember The Black Banana?) but no menu is over the top.
            CP

            P.S. Isn't there some ordinance about posting prices???

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            1. re: Chefpaulo

              The price is posted -- $85.

              1. re: barryg

                OK, they let you know what you're paying for. What you don't know is what you're getting.

                People have religious and dietary reasons for not eating certain foods. Aside from gluten, salt and sugar content, what if shellfish or peanut products put someone in a life-threatening situation? The stealth menu is arrogant, negligent and potentially (inevitably?) litigious.

                I haven't eaten meat in 30 years and an intense chocolate dessert will cause a sleepless night. Commit to $85 for a gourmet grab bag? No way. Even in the most desirable of locations, would you put down $875K for a townhouse you couldn't see first?
                CP

                1. re: Chefpaulo

                  Oh please, there are many fine dining restaurants that operate with this concept, even more in Europe than in the U.S. It's not like they are setting out to poison you. You tell them what you can't/won't eat and the make a meal to accommodate. It allows the chef to be creative and flexible. If you are that restrictive in what you will eat, then maybe this isn't the restaurant for you, but there are plenty of people who are excited by the idea of putting themselves in the hands of an excellent chef and seeing what comes out--much the same as an omakase in a Japanese restaurant.

                  1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

                    Quite right Hungry, many establishments do it, chef can be (might be) creative or just benefiting for serving a fix meal to all patrons. Seems personal restrictions should be able to be accommodated. The potpourri approach definitely may not suite many, but it is known going in so then don't go in is a good suggestion, no offense intended.

            2. Funny whet different reactions people have. I love the idea, and have put Marigold back on my list after not having been for quite some time. I am sure they must take allergy/dietary restrictions into account--they want business, not to chase it away. It is prix fixe, so no need to list individual prices.