I went with a colleague last night and was very excited. I've been to a number of Gaston Acurio's restaurants and they are some of my favorites on the planet. We got reservations at 8:30 and were immediately seated upon arrival. I had hoped to sit in the main salon so we could see through to the kitchen, but alas, we were escorted upstairs and put in this little alcove of a room. We selected the Sampling Menu along with the wine pairing. Lindsey (see review below) did a fine job detailing the various courses, so I won't repeat them.
First appetizers arrive, but no paired wine. We waited for 7-10 minutes before finally flagging down a waiter. I don't mean to be difficult, but really, the whole point of the pairings is to have them at the same time, no? Then the second course arrived maybe ten minutes later. Again, no wine. We waited another 10 minutes (food getting cold), and they finally they bring the wine: the same one from the first course. At this point I very politely told the waiter that we preferred the win to come WITH the courses. All of this was a shame, because I can honestly say that the food itself was flawless. Spot on.
In any case the meal continued. We still hadn't received the water we asked for when we first arrived. I will say that the wine for the last 5 courses was served in conjunction with the arrival of said courses, but here's the thing: it was brought out in caraffes instead of the bottle itself. We would have liked to see what we were drinking, and honestly, I expected a little more in terms of interaction. In past experiences the staff have gone out of their way to let you know a little about the wine, why it is paired with the course, etc.
I wish I could write this off to one bad waiter, but the truth is that there were three waiters taking care of our area. The wait between the 4th and 5th course was 45 minutes and really the straw that broke the camel's back. At that point we just wanted the check.
All that said, the kitchen made NO mistakes. The food itself was incredible: creative and delicious. The sad truth is that I would go back. I just wouldn't rely on the wait staff. I'll order an appetizer and main course and a bottle of wine and eat at my own pace, not beholden to the waiters.
Truly a disappointment because this had the potential to be a wonderful experience.
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