Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Recommended: Colicchio and Sons Tap Room


My review on Yelp

We had a late lunch at the Tap Room the day after Thanksgiving. My wife's comment says it all - "Judge away, Tom, judge away" - a reference to the fact that many people complain about the way Tom judges on Top Chef. The entire experience (service, food, everything) is exactly what a restaurant should be.

A 25$ prix-fixe for lunch (two courses) is a STEAL for a restaurant of this quality.

I had a frise fig and walnut salad (I typically wouldn't enjoy frise) and it was amazing. My wife had the bean soup and fell in love with it.  Then I had the ricotta cavaletti with oyster mushrooms. Delicious. My wife had a flat-iron steak (something she doesn't usually eat) and loved it.

The service was spot-on - dishes arrived as soon as we were ready for them, impeccable timing and perfectly casual. Wine was expensive but well worth it. Saw lots of pizza and burgers being eaten which made me very excited to come back.



Mesa Grill (Thanksgiving) - Not Recommended

Check out my full review on Yelp and Open Table but the Thanksgiving prix fixe was so disappointing that I wonder if I would go back to another Bobby Flay restaurant.

They promoted it as Southwestern Thanksgiving Bobby Flay-style and my wife was crushed.

Service was indifferent (I don't care how busy you are for that) - and the initial course was surprising. The pumpkin soup tasted like overdone pumpkin pie before it was put in the shell. The shrimp and couscous was dry after the sauce disappeared.

Worse, my prawns weren't cooked --- to the point where I had to spit it out. The server even noted it (we were comp'd one prix fixe which we didn't expect) - it was inedible and unfortunately made the entire meal disappointing enough we didn't want to finish it.  There were only 6 items on the entire menu - that one of the them was completely undercooked still amazes me. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tom Colicchio Interview

If you like Top Chef, you will definitely want to read this interview with Tom Colicchio.

Great interview - full of insight on the Top Chef All Stars Season.

Tom Colicchio | TV | Interview | The A.V. Club