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Posted by Anonymous on 03/02/2008
Went to Perilla about 10 days ago. Had reservations for 830 and was promptly seated in place. The place was semi full, music was bright and fun but not too loud or annoying to disrupt conversation. We had the tasting menu and enjoyed everything served to us greatly. The food didn't need 1 bit of extra seasoning, although salt and pepper are provided on each table. Crab salad, Duck meatballs, Scallops, Hanger Steak, Fallafel, everything was literally outstanding. Portions weren't too large or too small, the meal didn't feel rushed as it's been in some locations in town to get the table ready for the next person. Also, our waiter was very friendly and accomodating throughout the evening knowing exactly when we needed something and leaving us alone other than checking in to make sure we were enjoying our food. Desserts were just perfect - doughnuts with chocolate and lemon curd sauces, 5 spice ice cream, and Cheesecake (ordered separately by my fiance 'cause she heard it was good - and it was...). Tab wasn't too expensive, Harold - Owner and Chef was seen throughout the restaurant once going to the bar to say hello to a friend. It's nice to see a popular Chef and TV star who actually works at his restaurant - compared to many who today spend all their time making appearances and never actually cooking the food they are so famous for. We will return in March and probably a few times more to see what goodies await us at Perilla on Jones.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/20/2008
Interesting. I've dine here twice as well (once last summer and once last month). I had noticed that the restaurant was becoming less touristy - with a crowd which looked like it was more locals and regulars.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/17/2008
I've dined here twice so far. The first time when they just opened and again last night. The food is good to very good, but nothing really outstanding or memorable. I assume due to early complaints the portion sizes have grown significantly, but perhaps with a slight sacrifice to quality. We have tried the crab salad, duck meatballs, grilled sardines, and scallops for appetizers, with the latter two being the strongest. The main dishes are pretty unremarkable hanger steak, guinea hen...standard fare. Risotto and Brussels sprouts were something I could make at home...not special. The wine list has a good range of prices, but no real attractive bottles. Last but not least, the place now has a very touristy feel to it. Maybe we'll come back and eat at the bar, but definitely not worth advanced reservations anymore.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/12/2008
Perilla has a great mellow yet chic vibe that made us very comfortable upon walking in and throughout our meal. We had an extremely attentive waiter who made very good suggestions about wine and menu options when we asked. The special soup - cauliflower - was perfect the meatballs were delicious - very Hungarian the hanger steak and spinach were also amazing as was the pork tenderloin. Additionally, we enjoyed the desserts. Definitely a MUST!
Posted by CP on 01/31/2008
We went for my sister's birthday and had a great experience! The food was delicious, the service was very attentive, and the place was very cute! Both of our dinners were great. I got the Fluke (mild white fish) which was very good...nice and light! My sister got the tenderloin which was nice and tender. Great experience! We'll be back!
Posted by jarh on 01/26/2008
Went there last night with gf. Pork belly appetizer was amazing - best I've ever had. Duck meatballs were unique, and pretty tasty- though my girlfriend thought they were too spicy and didn't feel like having more than one. Neither fo us was very impressed with the entrees. I got the pork tenderloin wrapped in pancetta (pork was not very tender, seemed a bit dry) - was just a bit of a chore to finish, vs being enjoyable. My girlfriend got the grouper or snapper fish, I forget - it was a little better. But again, nothing spectacular - I would have preferred the standard Chilean Sea Bass that most high-end restaurants do well. We didn't get dessert b/c it was too late, 12:15am and everyone was done eating, and we were stuffed. Anyways, I guess I'd def recommend getting, if you go there, the pork belly, maybe the duck balls, and i have no clue as far as entrees b/c i didn't really enjoy the entrees.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/09/2008
My boyfriend & i went to celebrate our anniversary & had an absolutely wonderful experience. The staff was very pleasant & accomodating. We started by sharing the scallops, which they split into two plates for us. We got one scallop each & they were absolutely delicious. For our main course, I had the pork tenderloin & he had the hanger steak. The servings were a great size, not too small & not too big. Both plates were cooked to perfection and absolutely delicious. For dessert we got the frozen mousse, which was a fun play on a smores! It was served on a graham cracker & had melted marshmellow on top, yet it was all cool & refreshing. Overall, a wonderful experience & a place I would visit again & recommend to others.