What prevented me from giving this place a 5th star was the price. The food was top-notch, near perfect. My wife and I ordered the Degustation Menu with the Wine Pairing. With starter drinks, sparkling water, and coffee after dinner, the bill came to $700 including 15% gratuity. There was also a $75 cancellation fee per person as part of the reservation. If you don't feel comfortable paying prices like this for dinner, then this place is not for you.
The Degustation Menu is at $145 per person, plus $98 per person for the Wine Pairing. This menu is a 9-course meal and takes about 2-1/2 to 3 hours to eat. It was outstanding and the wine pairing was spot on with the flavor of each dish. It's hard to name a favorite course because they were all delicious.
I did not find Everest a romantic restaurant--my idea of a romantic restaurant is dim candle-lit rooms with a relaxing atmosphere. This is a place to dress up, splurge, and sample exquisite cuisine. While the view is second to none, not all tables come with a view, and the restaurant is kept quite bright. There are tea candles on the tables, but they are small and due to the brightness of the room, they are hardly noticeable. There's a stuffy feel to the atmosphere.
The service was outstanding and the food even more so.
Back to why I rated this 4 stars. I've been to Michelin-star restaurants all over the world. I've had food as good as and even better than Everest, at nearly half the price. I think the Degustation menu would be better valued at $110 and the wine pairing no more than $50. I understand the pricing of this place limits the clientele to those who can afford such food, but there are much better places to eat at more than half the price.
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