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Looking for Caputo "00" flour in Fairfield County (CT)

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Jul 24, 2012
vinominer in Southern New England

Yasuda only at bar?

Last week I had a great meal at Yasuda at a table. But last nights dinner there at a table was not good. My dinner at Yasuda was not good.
The service was by a waiter with a strong Japanese accent and a lisp, who removed plates as I was still chewing my food. He did not bring more ginger with new plates of sushi, even though we had finished our first small allotment of ginger. After we had been there 45 minutes (we arrived on time), he said it was last call.
In general, the sushi was mediocre compared with my sushi during my previous experiences at Yasuda and elsewhere. Specifically, the Uni had a strong metallic taste; the Maguro was not great; nothing was exceptional; and, rolls had soggy nori even though we ordered them separately. And, by the way, my chawanmushi was undercooked and it tasted as though they had used water instead of daishi.

Is bar service more consistent? Do they rush you at the bar also?

Mar 07, 2008
vinominer in Manhattan

Cafe D'Alsace -food has gone downhill.

Soon after the restaurant opened, I had an excellent dinner there. A couple of months later, I found my dinner there to be mediocre. Thinking maybe the chef had been out sick on my second experience, I tried it again last Saturday night. My wife and my dinner bordered on inedible. My waitress confirmed that the chef was "cooking."

FYI:
The La Moelle was tasteless other than an odd burnt-smokey flavor. I usually love bone marrow - i.e. the one served at Blue Ribbon.
The Lamb Payard tasted only of garlic (as did the goat cheese tart). The thin slice of Rib Eye Steak served to my wife tasted odd - was it beef. The vegetables served on the side were inedible - i.e. the asparagus had been cooked until the tough thick skin became browned and extremely tough, the zucchini and the other vegetables were tasteless - as if they had been cooked (not that well to begin with), frozen and reheated, the french fries were extremely greasy.

My service was OK; but, I did notice the waitress at the next table spill a considerable amount of water on the table; but, she made no comment and did not clean it up.

I tried to email the owners via the address listed on their website; but, it is not accepting emails. I guess they do not care.

May 01, 2007
vinominer in Manhattan

best chocolate birthday cake made with four

I am looking for a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, made with flour that is not too sweet. It is for 15 kids and 15 adults; advice on the right size would also be appreciated.

Apr 02, 2007
vinominer in Manhattan

Looking for great wine shop in Fairfield County, CT [Moved from Wine board]

I also like wine connection. But, the prices are cheaper at Sherry Lehmann in NYC, and they have your Barbera from Giacosa. In Ridgefield, I prefer Anconas for knowledge, selection and service. But NYC is cheaper.

Feb 17, 2007
vinominer in Southern New England

Cafe d'Alsace - UES 'Sleeper'?

I had a great first meal there and then two disappointing meals. I have been enjoying B. Cafe lately. It is a low key Belgian Restaurant on 75th off 2nd.

Jan 03, 2007
vinominer in Manhattan

Upper East Side Cheap Eats

Cheap or cheap for the upper east side? I had an excellent simple meal that was a good value at B Cafe on 75th b/t 2nd and 3rd.

Dec 29, 2006
vinominer in Manhattan

Need recs for good places to eat alone in Manhattan

Chikubu. 44th b/t 5th and Madison. Order anything. Daily specials begin at around 11.50 (not incl. tip and tax) for a full meal, and prices only get crazy with special order sushi/ sashimi. Friday is a little crazy busy, unless you want their Ramen soup which is only served for lunch on Fridays. And, as much as I love Chikubu, I prefer the Ramen at Rai Rai Ken.

Dec 29, 2006
vinominer in Manhattan

Don't Go to Sasabune!

I had luch there today, and was fortunate enough to have good service. But, the sushi did not float my boat. The rice was very warm ( I actually like it a little warm, but not not with my sushi)and somewhat mushy (wet). The rice overtook flavors and textures in the raw fish, which from what I could tell was very good, not the best, but very good.

Dec 29, 2006
vinominer in Manhattan

LCB Brasserie Rachou has given up on cooking?

I would guess that they did not cook the foie gras (which I tasted at my dinner there; and, it was good, but not magnificent. I wish you success at your next visit. I would not return even for a free meal, unless it was accompanied by an explanation for my experience.

Dec 18, 2006
vinominer in Manhattan

Best all around Japanese in NYC?

I seond Rai Rai Ken for the Ramen. I do not mind the sitting on a stool to eat great Ramen;but, thought others should know.

Dec 17, 2006
vinominer in Manhattan

Best Ramen in Manhattan

I third Chikubu, which only serves Ramen on Fridays. If possible go at 11:45, to beat the crowds, or after 12:40. It gets especially crowded on Fridays. Menchanko-Tei is not in the same league.

Dec 13, 2006
vinominer in Manhattan

good unpretentious French restaurant?

I went recently and was served nearly inedible food. I pposted on my experience recently.

Dec 13, 2006
vinominer in Manhattan

Best all around Japanese in NYC?

Chikubu on 44th between 5th and Madison.

Dec 13, 2006
vinominer in Manhattan

If you had $1000 to spend on one meal for two

Not if you do the chef's tasting and take a car service round trip.

Dec 11, 2006
vinominer in Manhattan

If you had $1000 to spend on one meal for two

Blue Hill Stone Barns. Even with a car service there and back and a nice bottle of wine, you should be OK.

Dec 10, 2006
vinominer in Manhattan

LCB Brasserie Rachou has given up on cooking?

I visited LCB Brasserie Rachou last night after reading some positive comments on this message board. After eating there I wonder if the writers were somehow connected to the restaurant.
My Quenelles were a little old, which the heavy not freshly prepared (frozen and microwaved?) sauce did nothing to help. My Cassoulet tasted of nothing. It seemd as if it had been poorly prepared, refrigerated for five days, frozen, thawed and reheated. One of my dishes contained mushrooms that tasted sliced, cooked and canned. My wife's seafood dish was not good (she told me; I decided against trying it since it was sitting in the same sauce as did my quenelles, and, I trusted her. I did not stay for dessert. My wine was delicious; but, I picked it myself.

I would be very interested to hear the views of any foodies who have been there recently.

Dec 10, 2006
vinominer in Manhattan

Donguri - how is it since the owners retired and sold?

Has anyone been to Donguri before and after the sale? ANy comments would be appreciated.

Jul 09, 2006
vinominer in Manhattan