come on, people, joe beef deserves its own thread.
here's the thing i can't get my head around:
"Neither is or would be a cheap meal but for what we ate it is remarkable (half what we paid per head at Shunji in December). You can spend as much in Minneapolis (or any other American city) for a meal at a name restaurant that will be a fifth to half as good using ingredients that will seem substandard by comparison: these were some of the best oysters I have ever eaten, probably the best lobster I have ever eaten (and the entire goddamned lobster was on the plate), steak up there with the best I’ve eaten, other-worldly lamb, and there was a veritable bucket of foie gras in the parfait. And we didn’t clear $80/head. I don’t know anything about the economics of the restaurant scene in Montreal but if we lived there we could actually afford to eat there once a month. It’s no wonder reservations are so hard to get."