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“Overpriced, recherche cuisine”
Review of Restaurant Latour

Restaurant Latour
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Ranked #4 of 21 Restaurants in Hamburg
Price range: $115 - $145
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Rt. 94
Description: Restaurant Latour, is the culinary crown jewel of Crystal Springs Resort. Guests enter a classically appointed dining room featuring a glass wall framing the sunset over the Kittatinny Mountains. In this rarefied setting, the forward thinking cuisine of Executive Chef Anthony Bucco and Chef de Latour Martyna Krowicka take center stage. Developed flavors reflecting the tradition of haute cuisine pair with the artful presentations. Restaurant Latour showcases the best of New Jersey’s bountiful farms and artisan producers. Working closely with local farmers, purveyors and foragers, the chefs follow the rhythm of the seasons to craft two ever-evolving menus that take guests on a fascinating journey that delights the senses. Every thoughtful dish at Restaurant Latour is complimented by a litany of options from The Wine Cellar. Built by Resort founder and visionary Gene Mulvihill, the collection is lovingly curated by Wine Director Robby Younes and Sommelier Susanne Wagner.
Bedford, NY
Level 6 Contributor
194 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Overpriced, recherche cuisine”
Reviewed February 20, 2014

First, you pay $115 for a set menu of five courses. Your only choice is vegetarian or not. You start with a salad; it was awful -- kind of like going out to your garden and collecting the weeds.The main course was amazing. Delicious scallops with truffles or celeriac with truffles (veg). The rest of the courses were not good. The next two courses were ice cream [sic]. In the middle of winter!!! We couldn't even eat the third course as it was so bad. The sheep's milk with sorrel ice cream (veg) was bad, but the other menu's was much worse -- so much so that we've blocked it out of our minds. Bread was good. Service was great. Drinks were good. Wine good, but did not live up to the hype. Dessert okay, but the chocolate was so bitter you couldn't eat it without the ice cream. To be fair, everything looked really pretty.

This restaurant is trying to follow gastronomic fads of the past few years -- new nordic, molecular, etc.., But, the chef doesn't have the skill to make them taste good as well as looking good. It is quite sad.

Visited February 2014
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Montville, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
388 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Over priced & under performed”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

The somalier and waitress were WAY over the top in terms of them praising the chef and food. It was almost like we were watching a skit on Saturday Night Live.

We chose the wine pairing with the fixed menu (Valentine's Day). The wines were OK - not outstanding (although the port wine with desert was excellent). The wines were NOT from well known vineyards.

The salad (mixed greens) was inedible for me - my wife liked hers. I was shocked that the waitress did not comment upon removing my full plate of salad. I did expect to ask if I would like something else.

Scallops were very tasty, but the waitress made a big deal about telling us to take a bite from a green leaf before eating the scallop, "to prepare our taste buds" - c'mon now - serious?.

The meat was Wagyu beef (similar to Kobe). It was a very small portion and not as tender as I would have expected.

Also - the restaurant was beautiful, with a gorgeous snowscape at the window. Downstairs from the restaurant, it was the noisiest lobby I have ever been in - children out of control & parents not caring. Yes, I know it's a resort - - but....

  • Visited February 2014
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Sussex County, NJ
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“"Good" food, excellent wine list”
Reviewed February 11, 2014

Very expensive restaurant. The food was good, but not worthy of the prices they charge. They have quite an impressive wine list, so if you are into fine wine, this is the place to go.

  • Visited March 2013
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Morristown, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Good, not great; too pricey”
Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

We were staying at Crystal Springs, so figured dinner at Latour would complete the experience. I wanted to love this place, but found it just ok and not deserving of their high prices. To sum it up:
Food: it's very good, but for the money I was expecting outstanding. Tasting menu was interesting, some dishes (scallop and venison) were really excellent, others (fish) lacked flavor
Service: attentive and friendly, but not much different from the service we got at Crystal Tavern downstairs
Atmosphere: unexpectedly drab; looked like another dark banquet room they put tables in. They should really make this place stand out from the rest of the Crystal Springs surroundings

All in all, not a bad experience by any means. But with its reputation and high prices I expected more. Next time we'll stick with the Crystal Tavern - for half the price, similar service and better atmosphere.

Visited January 2014
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New Jersey
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76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“A New Year's Eve Dinner to Remember”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

I had selected the earlier seating at 5:30 that offered a 4 course dinner with a wine pairing. We were escorted into an elevator up a level to the restaurant. We were kindly greeted and were seating at a table right near the window that had a beautiful winter display outside.

Our server presented us with the menu showing each course. Unfortunately the main course was a NY Strip Steak and do not eat red meat. The server went and checked with the chef and he offered to make me a wild mushroom risotto. I agreed and the first course started to come out of the kitchen. Our first course was paired with a wonderful champagne that was presented to us by their very own sommelier, Susanne Lerescu, who we have met before by taking one of their wine cellar tours at a previous visit.

Our second course was a delicious lobster ravioli with a truffle cream sauce. For our entrées my husband had the NY strip and I had the wild mushroom risotto that had fresh shaved truffles. After our main course, we were given a tasting of a terrific port.

The port was paired with a lovely dessert to finish our meal. We had a wonderful dinner and enjoyed the service and the attention to detail that Latour provided. Service can be slow at times so be prepared that you will wait a while between courses. All and all it is definitely worth the wait!

Visited December 2013
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