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right before leaving for india the missus and i snagged two seats at demi, gavin kaysen's third twin cities restaurant: a 20 seater counter/tasting menu in the style of the times. it's a hard reservation to get and not a cheap ticket. it was a very impressive meal but on the whole it impressed more than it thrilled. my very image-heavy review here.

 

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it's good. but it's also the kind of place that may as well have been optimized to make a certain kind of minnesotan diner/food writer feel very flattered about the local scene. you know the kind of people who seriously think michelin should be in minnesota.

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Alter, Miami? How many cities now have something like this?

 

Like, good, which is (by definition) no bad thing at all, but not an outstanding entry in its class.

All of them. And they all serve a glass of mid end Vajra with the meat course or the pasta.

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I was also thinking of Forage, but it took me forever to find the place’s damn name because I thought it was in Austin. Then I remembered the chef was Mormon. Salt Lake City.

 

But as Adrian says, there’s probably an example everywhere.

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Looking at the slide show for the first time  -- interesting that none of the wines served with the pairings are on the wine list. Also, that Geil Scheurebe retails for under 8 euros here, the Vajra around 15. For those prices good value for money and at even 3x that OK(ish) in a restaurant (though at a swanky joint I would expect something more creative), but at 6x (am I doing the math right?)...meh. 

Is it possible to have a real high end restaurant culture when more complex wines are economically completely out of reach for most normal people? 

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