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How is Campton Place doing?

My earlier post was unnecessarily harsh. Did I think the meal could have been better considering the circumstances? Yes. Was it awful - no. I will definitely go back and see what the restaurant has to offer during normal service, as holidays are very strenuous on the restaurant as a whole. Again, my apologies for being excessively harsh and rude.

How is Campton Place doing?

I went to Campton Place last night for thanksgiving dinner. EASILY one of the TOP 3 biggest ripoffs of my life. I am a cook and an industry professional in San Francisco and I am thoroughly disappointed with the slapdash manner in which my table was treated. It seems to me that if a restaurant is going to charge $105 for a four course meal, it better be one of the best meals of my life. This was something I could have replicated at home and eaten HOT. As a cook, serving hot food to customers is the next most important thing to preparing the dish perfectly. The duck terrine was probably the best plate all night. The parsnip soup was more like a sauce, and the dungeness crab ravioli was flavorless (dungeness crab has no flavor to begin with). The beef plate was the most ridiculous plate I've ever seen. The puree of chestnut was filmed-over which means the plate had been sitting in the window for a few minutes before they actually finished the plate and the vegetable were on the corners of the plate (2 pieces of broccoli di cicco), which meant they got ice-cold by the time we were given the plate. At least the beef was cooked properly, but again, it too was luke warm to cold when i took my FIRST bite. We asked for cheese, 3 cheeses, and received three of the smallest portions of cheese I have ever seen. We asked the woman if this portion size was normal for 3 people, and she said we ordered a 3-cheese plate. Now, at my restaurant, based on the number of people dining, we give an appropriate amount of cheese, no matter what number of cheeses they ordered. She brought us another plate, free of charge. How nice. Dessert hardly was worth remembering, and I hope I forget it because that means I'll have more room in my brain to remember other things. It was a 'mincemeat streusel' which had raisins and other fruit, along with, curry. Yes, curry. Thank god one of us got the other option for dessert.... a brownie a la mode....Sadly, this blew away the rest of the meal. Had they served brownies for thanksgiving dinner, I would have gladly accepted. At the end of the night, after a mere 15% tip, the bill was over $500. For 3 people. This is just sad. I'll never go back and I can only hope somebody from the restaurant reads this because you should be ashamed of how half-assed you treated your customers.

Plumpjack Cafe

the spice in the bowl was sichimi togarashi, japanese spicy goodness. im the sous chef there. glad you enjoyed. thanks. patrick

Dessert-only restaurant?

Rubicon. I cooked there, and let me tell ya - Nicole Krasinski is amazing. I go back sometimes for only dessert.