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Posted by The Shep Family on 04/04/2005
The food is the finest anywhere ever. No doubt. The room and view are spectacular. Was it really worth it? We say probably not. You dine how Per Se wants you to dine. There are no options for you as a diner. It is $175.00 without tax, tip or beverages whether you choose the 9 course tasting menu, the 9 course vegetarian menu, or the 5 course menu. The price had gone up from $150.00 from the time we made our hard-to-get reservation. The only real flaw in our dining experience was that our Pinot was served refrigerator cold. It took almost an hour with lots of swirling and decanting for it to be the proper temperature. We were surprised that there wasn't a wine pairing offered with the tasting menus. Be prepared for LOTS of food. There are all kinds of goodies brought before and between courses. We counted 5 desserts/sweets at the end of the meal. Dining at Per Se is like a show and the food is absolutely a Mega-super star. There is even a tour of the kitchen following dinner and a chance to meet the chef. Amazing kitchen. We were all glad we went, but none of us feel the need to go back at those prices and there was just too much food! We would have liked to have had a 3 or 4 course option (that wasn't $175.00 - Per Se's favorite number).
Posted by l&k on 03/13/2005
My friend and I went here with extremely high expectations and were convinced no food on earth could meet our expectations - we were wrong. EVERYTHING we ate was incredible - each course was PERFECTION - from the wonderful salmon and creme fraiche cone at the beginning to the gourmet chocolates at the end. The portions - although modest - were perfectly sized considering the large number of courses (we strongly recommend the 9 course menu). The chocolate hazelnut dessert was beyond heavenly. The only negative part of this experience was knowing that all future meals would pale in comparison to the one we experienced at Per Se. You've not lived until you've tried this.
Posted by Ellen Oster on 03/02/2005
Even though it's very difficult to make a reservation, it's worth it! Everything is simply exceptional from the food, service and atmosphere. I hope I'm lucky enough to get another reservation.