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Posted by NK on 08/30/2011
Truly enjoyed our meal, everything was at its best. Got there few minutes early and were seated promptly. Everything we eat was great, best being the beef, you have got to try it! Tuna, chicken were good, but not a wow, the bass was a little dry, slightly over cooked (guess the peice was too small to time the cooking:) The berry dessert you should pass, stick to chocolate. Wine parings were good, but next time I would stick to getting a bottle or three! One observation, when they tell you what's on your plate, they stand on one side of the table and talk to all four people, they should talk to the 2 people on each side seperately, I could barely hear what she said was on my plate, besides what I had ordered as the main ingredient. Overall a great food experience if you are a food lover. Would definetly go back.
Posted by Brian O. on 02/22/2011
As a chef, I can appreciate the heart & soul the entire team poured into the meal. From the servers and our sommelier, to the artists in the kitchen, they made it a meal to remember. The creativity of the dishes begins with the blending of exotic flavors and fresh ingredients. The plates are works of art. The colors and composition are just beautiful. The food itself is spot on and fabulous. Some people complain the portions are small. The portions are just right (most cases where there was a main protein, I would say they were about 200g each). We ordered from the new four-course meal and by the end of the evening, we were full. You must go at least once. You will remember it fondly.
Posted by anonymous on 12/21/2010
I am a bit surprised by the comments about the new format. I think it is a wonderful way to sample a variety of things, all highlighting your specific favorite. As a foodie, I love hearing about how the various items have been used and showcased. Everything we ate was outstanding. I loved it!
Posted by SpeedGeezer on 11/24/2010
Dined at 11 Madison Park yesterday evening, my wife and I visiting her Dad. It seems that other reviewers have some rather harsh things to say, but we found it to be very pleasurable. The dishes served were all wonderful taste treats, some spectacularly so. The service was, overall, very attentive. Some others describe it as "fawning," but in a fairly edgey town, anything less than the one-finger salute can seem a bit too familiar. In terms of critical commentary, it comes down to the fact that when so much is done so well, it becomes easier to quibble about minor details. Want quibbles? I got 'em: The order should have been taken from my wife first, then either her Dad or his contemporary, rather than from me. The Martini was served in a curvaceous glass, too effeminate for the crisp, linear style that expresses that cocktail. There were occasional moments when finished plates sat waiting (though, in all fairness, most were whisked away promptly and with a minimum of fuss). The food is, as some have commented, a bit precious. It is modest in portion, and art-on-a-plate. For us, that added to the uniqueness of our experience. Yes, the dishes are so massaged by novel techniques of preparation that the tether from the original ingredient to the presentation on the plate becomes extremely attenuated. The same, however, could be said of a McDonald's hamburger--and you'd miss both charm and flavor. The surfaces in the room are much more lively than, say, at the Four Seasons, so it is not as hush as there; still, conversation is easy. We especially liked (moving off the quibbles here) the efficient bustle of the wait staff. Best of all: when the dishes for your table were ready, they all descended at once. In other words, none of the awkward moments when all but one person is served: "Go ahead, before it gets cold." "No, we'll wait." "No, really--start!" Etc. All in all, it was a wonderful, memorable experience. I don't know how this would do as a regular haunt; but, for a rare treat, it was just that.
Posted by layla on 11/18/2010
Why did they change this amazing place? Now you have to create your own meal instead of leaving it to the professionals. Food is still good but this nothing is as good, and how could it be. Seems like a lazy way to update instead of just changing the menu periodically. This new format also keeps costs down I'm sure but the savings are not passed on to the guests. I miss the old 11 Madison.
Posted by been here since 52 on 11/15/2010
I was so flattered they remembered my cocktail, they recited it verbally but did not get it right. I wanted my Martini with the ice it was shaken with, on the side . They bought a whole new glass of huge ice cubes, I just wanted the silvers it was shaken with. They specifclally repeated my drink, the brand, the olives but did not bring what they had meticulously repeated. Big drink dissapointment. The meal is an exploration of wonderful tastes and suprises, which we fully enjoyed. all the little between course tastes were sublime. However when it came to the main course that is when you want to taste something close to what you have ordered , the main courses to put it bluntly was too conceptual. In plain words, the main course was disappointment, give me 5 bites of a taste I can identify. If I want to have mystery entree, just name it that. The chicken tased like mush, the venison tased like mushy stew.The main cousres were Blah at best. This place is still great,. The service is WONDERFUL. it has just taken a bizarre twist, too precious. I really want to love this place. Tweak the food back to normal please?
Posted by Anonymous on 11/08/2010
I have eaten here several times over the past couple years. The food and service are always exceptional. However, they recently changed their menu, and I have to say at first I thought it was a cool concept, but in reality, having to ask our server a dozen or so questions on how the food is prepared was a little off-putting. Our server was extremly gracious, as they always are, but this new "pick your favorite food" style does not work for me. I really hope they tweak their concept to include something about how the food is prepared. For example, they had foie gras as a food choice. However, I did not ask how this was prepared, and ended up with a terrine instead of a seared piece. Had I known it was going to be a terrine, I would have chosen something else.