Upscale restaurants need to realize that their target auds (um, I guess upscale diners) know how to make salmon at home, they know how to roast or pan sear a chicken breast -- chances are if you like gourmet eating, you eat fairly well at home (we do). So w the economy on shaky ground, I'd rather go to Gelson's and make a high-end'ish dinner for me and my husband for $20-$25 bucks, then eat an equivalent for three times that at some "bistro." Again, if we're gonna spend $70 or more, esp now, we want to go places w great cuisine (and great cooking) -- animal, angelini osteria, canele, palate, whatever. Last time we were at Michelengelo's, we spent over $60, they raised the prices at their new location -- sorry, I can go to Surfas and get great quality raviolis and have a terrific Italian dinner for $20.
New restaurateurs needs to recognize more people eating at home and they need to step up their game (and prices).
-- Silverlaker on Chowhound
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Reservoir: time for a rethink already?
I have to admit, I haven't tried Reservoir yet, mostly because I don't have $100 or so to drop on a meal at a place where I've heard the wine list is poor, the pizza is "stodgy" and the noise level and service are chancy. But S. Irene went several times for the Times, and gave Reservoir half a star. As EaterLA would say, the S. stands for satisfactory-ish. She agreed that the wine, pizza and noise were all problematic. Like S. Irene, I want to like Reservoir, so maybe it just needs a little tweaking to make it more attractive. Chowhound Silverlaker summed it up pretty well:
What did you think of Reservoir? Is it worth it for a special occasion, or is this a "we don't feel like cooking kind of place" for you?
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