Posted: 1/21/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have to say, I'm surprised by the poor reviews below. My wife and I ate here on Sunday (1/18) night and had a fantastic experience. Yes, it is expensive. But, we both felt it was worth every penny.
The ambience is beautiful from the hotel and bar through the restaurant. Our servers (we had two) we superb. From the moment we sat down, they were incredibly attentive and obscenely polite. They inquired as to any health or dietary restrictions that they could accomodate, which is hugely helpful since we're both vegetarians. They even swapped out one item in the ""bread basket"" for us since one of the inclusions is a fried prawn something or other.
The sommelier was really great and discussed the various wines with us as well as his personal passion for the business. We went with a Syrah and Chardonnay, both of which were the less expensive wines per glass on the menu. Both were superb! If you like bold, spicy Chilean wines, I highly recommend the Syrah.
Dinner was so delicious! We started with the mushroom and water chestnut dumplings which were both formed and steamed PERFECTLY. Sounds like no biggie, but it's actually harder to pull off than you think. We also had the tofu rice clay bowl which was amazing. Mushrooms, white and green asparagus, soft tofu and perfectly cooked rice in some kind of really delicious sauce. We had something similar at Morimoto in NY. This was better.
Also had the garlic nan, which was cooked well, but could've used more garlic. They gave us a stir fried vegetable side and dessert sampler for free.
All in all, a GREAT experience. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely!