Alize - review is coming, but first a question to the CH community
In a dining environment like Las Vegas nothing bugs me more than the service staff doing disservice to the cuisine...except unnecessary upcharges. With that noted, take a look at this menu:
Written as listed (both here, and the downloadable version) how do you interpret the first listed course? Particulaly pay note to the "description" above about the first option being Purdy, the second being Rochat, and the third being Vegetarian.
A) A supplemental course
B) A Course where the third option (with truffles) carries a $20 surcharge
C) A simple mistake where the second is actually the vegetarian option
Yes that is quite confusing. Along with the reasons you mentioned, it says the tasting menu is 7 courses, so why are there 8 groupings of dishes?
Yes - very confusing! My take is that the caviar is a supplemental course ("In addition to a few recommended items, Chef Purdy’s decadent Summer Tasting Menu offers 7 courses..."). Any of the three options are available for the price of $20.
That really is awkward. Since it says "Recommended" above the various caviar riffs, it looks like an invitation to an upcharge for an added course. But even that causes some head scratching - if the regular menu has a Golden Osetra appetizer for $185, one wonders how a $20 bite would be composed.
If its "recommended", especially as a first course, shouldn't they just up the price of the tasting menu by $20 and make it 8 courses? Makes no sense to do it like this.
...then again, the "Recommended" at the top could indicate the whole menu.
...and, when sitting there at the table, is anyone really counting the number of courses listed thinking "hmmm, there are 8 courses, not 7."