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Making sashimi at home

i will be in Barcelona for four months at the beginning of 2009 and love sashimi and sushi. Can the tuna you buy at the local fish markets be eaten raw? What about hamachi?

Dec 13, 2008
3star in Home Cooking

sushi for group w/bar (Scottsdale/Tempe, AZ)

I've never been but Blue Wasabi off Pima Rd. in Scottsdale is a sushi and martini bar. Im not sure how many people you are taking the place might be a bit small but its an option.

Jul 30, 2008
3star in Southwest

Six89 Carbondale... BIG dissapointment

I had assumed with their mission as a restaurant to use all this local organic produce and quality ingredients that the vegetables in the dish would be an element of the dish, rather than a garnish. It was dissapointing.

Jul 30, 2008
3star in Southwest

Six89 Carbondale... BIG dissapointment

This evening I dined at Six89 in Carbondale with four other friends of mine. I had never been to the restaurant, but the menu looked pleasing; I decided to take my four, out of town, guests to the restaurant. We arrived for our reservation a few minutes late after a movie, I had informed the restaurant beforehand we would be a little late, they said no problem. There was no one at the host stand for a few minutes, then someone came and seated us on the porch outside. Our table had two place settings on it, thats all. We asked to dine inside so after a few minutes and telling numerous memebers of the staff we wanted to dine inside, we were shown to our table. We sat down, and everything was fine. The server came up and greeted us, shirt not tucked in, talking to us with his hands on his hips and very casual, like we were dining at a burger joint. We had to ask for a wine and beverage list to be brought over. A few ordered wine, and when the server presented and poured he did a very poor job, banging glasses together, having to leave and get a new bottle to finish the pour, just very unprofessional. Next we were rushed to order our entrees. We were only informed about half of the specials, I had to ask the server for the entree special as he just walked away after telling us the starters. We ordered parmesan truffel fries as a table starter, they had no taste of truffel whatsoever, they were terrible. They didnt have any sauce with them nor ketchup or anything for dipping even offered. We ordered our appetizers and entrees, two ordered heirloom tomato salad, two ordered salmon corn chowder soup, one ordered squash blossoms, tw of us ordered halibut, one ordered salmon, the server did not ask for a temperature on the salmon, and two ordered chicken. We were brought bread and the fries, and then our appetizers. The portions were normal for appetizers, not generous, not too smal. However, the soups were $13 each, for a cup of soup of the day, it was very unexpected. The soup was rich so I would not have wanted a larger portion, however; $13 for a cup of soup, I could have gone without it considering it was just okay, nothing special. When the entree arrived the portions of fish were slightly small, but nothing too dissapointing, however; a huge letdown was the absence of vegetables on the plate. Six89 is suppose to be known for local organic produce and quality ingredients. The genuine idea for local produce is greatly appreciated by many and attracts many as well, however; the restaurant must deliver this. The salmon had a few beans on the plate, very small amount of greens, the halibut had one small piece of aspargus cut into thirds with a presentation of corn underneath the fish, once again no vegetables, and the chicken Im not sure if it even had vegetables, all I remember was polenta on the plate. One of the main reasons I have been dying to try Six89 was due to the fact of organic, local quality ingredients and lots of fresh vegetables and seeing the lack of this was very dissapointing. During dinner the water service was poor, I had an empty glass for fifteen minutes until someone came to fill it up, and this happened numerious times. We had finished dinner and were too stuffed for dessert, not that we were even presented a dessert menu. The server was rushing us and could have cared less if we had ordered dessert or not, however; one person at the table was interested in dessert and she wasn't offered a menu or anything. I was too full for dessert but the server should have delivered the dessert menu regaurdless because one person was interested. We were not offered any coffee or after dinner drinks, he just dropped the check on the table very quickly. I picked up the bill and was appauled to find 20% gratuity added onto the bill. The last time I checked you do not add the gratuity onto the bill in a fine dining restaurant, especially when the party is less than six people. The bill was expensive for what we had recieved, and 20% gratuity was much more than this server had ever deserved. When we left we weren't even thanked for dining there... frankly I was embarrassed I suggested that restaurant to bring my guests to. I had high expectations for Six89 and they performed at a much lower level than acceptable. I will not be returning in the future due to all the dissapointments of the evening between the food, service, and attitude of the entire restaurant. There are many other restaurants in the valley I would much rather take my business to.

Jul 29, 2008
3star in Southwest

Vegas - Strip Malls and Trendy Scenes

off the strip Rosemary's is great and they run all types of deals, Wednesday night half off for the ladies, Sunday night half priced bottles of wine. The food is excellent, the service is very good, its more quiet, off the strip.

Jul 21, 2008
3star in Southwest

Review: Chef's Table at Restaurant Charlie

After reading this review I am dying to try this. The evening sounds spectacular and now I am very eager to plan another trip to Vegas and try Chefs Table. As Climberdoc mentioned, is there any additional fee to dine at Chefs Table or with the loft seating view of the kitchen the 8 course tasting $250? Please let me know, in addition to how far in advance reservations need to be made. Thank you for the great review.

Jul 20, 2008
3star in Southwest

vegas restaurants at caesars and palazzo

Picasso at the Bellagio is certainly a treat and price for the option of tasting course is reasonable. Plus, spectacular view, request to sit near a window and watch the water show during the evening, you wont regret it.

Jul 20, 2008
3star in Southwest

Dinner in the Phoenix Scottsdale area

Eddie V's is very good... food is spectacular, service not so much. However, the price is good and the quality is excellent.

Jul 16, 2008
3star in Southwest

Driving from Denver to Cardondale

Also in Edwards Eat Drink/Dish is fantastic... very fresh, introcit cuisine.

Jul 16, 2008
3star in Southwest

Top Rated Unique Vegas Restaurants & Engagement

Picasso at the Bellagio is a fantastic place to do it. Request to sit next to a window and the entire dinner you get to watch the beautiful water show, the view is amazing inside the resturant and out, its a place you would never forget. The food is also very well executed, I recently dined there and was impressed.

Jul 15, 2008
3star in Southwest

Top Chef Tours 20 Cities

does anyone know which top chefs will be in denver on july 19th?

Jul 14, 2008
3star in Food Media & News

The Return Of......My Upcoming Las Vegas Vacation

N9Ne is fantastic, everything about it is perfect for a scene... the food, the friendly service, the decor, I would recommend N9Ne, its far superior.

Jul 10, 2008
3star in Southwest

Berlin For the First Time

Im really not sure what I am looking for, a range in price thats for sure... cheaper lunch spots maybe and then moderate dinner prices... the euro/dollar for me isn't that wonderful so probably nothing near the 100 euro per person range, anyhthing below that though I am interested in. I would like a typical Berlin experience as well as other great places people love to go. I will be there about a week I am planning. Thanks for the help!

Jul 01, 2008
3star in Europe

Berlin For the First Time

I am planning a trip to Berlin towards the end of July and am in search of can't miss restaurants. I have never been to Germany so am looking for really anything that is worth going, not something available everywhere. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.

Jun 30, 2008
3star in Europe

coming to paris - any fun/neat/odd foodie can't miss places?

Le Souffle is very good, certianly a great place considering everything you can get is souffles, you name it they have so many ingredients, and the souffles are baked to perfection. When I went there they offered a 3-course menu, well worth it. http://www.lesouffle.fr/

Jun 29, 2008
3star in France

3-star Paris lunches

the excellent champagne offerings may be expensive mdietrich, however; I am sure you will agree at Guy Savoy it is totally worth it :)

Jun 29, 2008
3star in France

3-star Paris lunches

the foie gras at Guy Savoy is phenomenal... the best I have ever had.

Jun 29, 2008
3star in France

Where and What to Eat... Only 3 days of Vegas

I've been to the Guy Savoy in Paris and it was the best meal I ever had so I would definetly recommend Guy Savoy... I went to Picasso last trip and it was very very good so would recommend that as well. Joel Robuchon is suppose to be the best place to go, have not tried it but have been wanting to, it sounds fabulous. As for L Atelier, never been but its a step down from Joel Robuchon. The menu at Crafsteak looks great as well, haven't made it there either but heard great things. Cut in the Palazzo is a great new place, as Rosemary's off the strip is certianly worth the trip and large, quality portions and ingredients. Sunday at Rosemarys- 1/2 priced bottles of wine, wednesday 1/2 off ladies meal. For lunch off the strip once again Lotus of Siam, a very popular place. Hyakumi in Cesaer's is a good sushi and noodle soup place, great for lunch. As for the three dinners any of the options would be great, I would suggest Guy Savoy or Joel Robuchon, Cut or Craftsteak, and Picasso or Rosemary's. But honestly, your narrowed list is a very impressive one and I dont think you could go wrong at any of them. Enjoy.

Jun 28, 2008
3star in Southwest

Top Chef Tours 20 Cities

the same thing happened to me, you will eventually get an email confirmation for the tickets... i would suggest printing that email and bring it with you when you go because Ive only got one email, and its not tickets or anything just email saying it was requested.

Jun 28, 2008
3star in Food Media & News

Vegas recommendations

A few years ago I tried Kokomos, the food was fine, nothing special. There are much better restaurants in Vegas to go to.

Jun 27, 2008
3star in Southwest

LAS suggestions

hyakumi has great noodle soups, inside cesears.

Jun 27, 2008
3star in Southwest

Best Foodie Destinations

What are the cities, within America and international, with the best foodie destinations?

Jun 27, 2008
3star in General Topics

hyakumi las vegas!

recently dined there and was very impressed with the quality of food. I am not sure if they are teppanyaki, they however have a sushi bar you can sit at. Heres my reviews from about three weeks ago in Vegas. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/528574

Jun 25, 2008
3star in Southwest

going to vegas, looking for recommendations?

I think it is worth it to go... I was there about three weeks ago and it was great. I was skeptic about going there as well, having never been, and someone in my party really wanted to try it so we did go, and I am so glad because it was wonderful. It was a great experience, even if your dont get the 1/2 off bottles of wine. Wednesday is 1/2 ladies food if you can go on that day, but reguardless of the promotions Rosemary's is wonderful; it should definetly be on your list. I recently got an email about a summer promotion as well, so maybe try to check out the website they might have offers on there.

Jun 25, 2008
3star in Southwest

Top Chef Tours 20 Cities

Hey Chowhounds,
I heard about the Top Chef Tour. These are the tour cities and dates:
Boston, MA - July 1
Philadelphia, PA - July 4
Pittsburgh, PA - July 9
Columbus, OH - July 12
St. Louis, MO - July 16
Denver, CO - July 19
Phoenix, AZ - July 26
San Diego, CA - July 30
San Francisco, CA - August 2, 3
Los Angeles, CA - August 8
Des Moines, IA - August 16
Detroit, MI - August 23
Madison, WI - August 27
Chicago, IL - September 3, 4
Raleigh, NC - September 13
Tampa, FL - September 20
Orlando, FL - September 24
Atlanta, GA - September 27
New York, NY - TBD

I live in Colorado and possibly would be able to attend in Denver, however; I cannot seem to find out where in Denver they will be. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Jun 24, 2008
3star in Food Media & News

Best Sunday Brunch in Vail, Apsen, or Breckenridge?

Ella on main street in Carbondale does a great Saturday/Sunday brunch. They even have a bloody mary bar in the center of the dining room. They serve omlettes, pancakes, french toast, corned beef hash, steak and eggs, smoked salmon and bagels, biscuits and gravy, granola, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, melts, crepes, brushchetta, truffle fries... pretty much everything you could want to order. Serve is not fantastic but food is great. The burger is one of my favorite things to get, it is huge! Menus are not posted online but lunch and dinner offerings are wonderful as well.

Jun 24, 2008
3star in Southwest

Michael Mina

Seeking information and experience about Michael Mina inside the Westin St. Francis. Am potentially planning to make a reservation here soon but need to know more information about the food, experience, service, etc. Thanks in advance.

Jun 23, 2008
3star in San Francisco Bay Area

Best French Restaurants

are there any restaurants that particularly serve excellent foie gras?

Jun 23, 2008
3star in San Francisco Bay Area

French in LA

any restaurants that serve very excellent foie gras?

Jun 23, 2008
3star in Los Angeles Area

Where to eat next in Vegas?

and Sunday nights at Rosemary's is half-priced bottles of wine so its definetly worth the visit, you won't be dissapointed. Great food, great service, great price for the quality and amount you get.

Jun 23, 2008
3star in Southwest