Soooo. I dined here on Wednesday, where we ran into one of our esteemed members in the dining room.
Its hard to be objective because they really went above and beyond the call. I think that they had absolutely overbooked the dining room accidentally ( i guess one room was booked for a private function) so we were forced to wait 40 minutes or so for our reservation. In response they comped us our cocktails, comped us a round of champagne, comped us a crudo right as we sat down, and comped us a mid course salad. I mean how churlish would I have to be to complain about anything after that? Especially when I was too sick to order a bottle of wine and didn't even spend 130 bucks in the place?
Well I'm as we all know a terrible person. Here's what I'll say. As dishes I liked everything I tried (though the umami of the porcini and truffles was so dominating the crudo I'm not sure I can judge the quality of the fish). The game pie was very good, the Champvallon was maybe better.
The problem with this place is the menu. Its all just so meaty I find it impossible not to get palate fatigue. That midcourse salad was brilliant because it provided exactly the kind of lightness and acid that the menu needs to provide more of if they want to offer up these big brown meaty dishes. I think that's the difference between places like this that are great (i.e. the montreal places, the st. john places) and the places that produce great dishes but maybe aren't places I can eat at weekly? IDK. Just a thought.