I visited Per Se snagging a reservation after months of unsuccessful attempts. We managed to get a 5:30 reservation and when we were seated there were only 3 other tables that were occupied. I started with a gin and Per Se's house tonic made with their own quinine powder. It was the best G&T I have ever had!
The food service started with a gruyere cheese ball - excellent! Next was the salmon ice cream cone, where we had the nights first service faux pas. I preferred eating it with a fork, but one of their wait staff came over and said it was finger food so I should not eat with a fork....
Then came their signature dish - oysters and pearls. Every bit as good as reviewers have described!
Then followed halibut, lobster and duck. Each of which I can say in all seriousness was the best I have ever had and accomplished the goal of teasing your palate with sensational flavors leaving you wanting more..however the meal crested midway there. I ordered the lamb and my friend ordered the wagyu beef (which was a $100 supplement). However, they got us both lamb and when my friend said he had ordered beef the waiter who took our orders came around and said he thought he had heard "lamb" and did not apologize for his mistake. Yes they sound completely alike, dont they? That was the 2nd faux pas.
When the beef came it was smaller than a medallion, which was very disappointing given you were paying $100 extra, although the beef was excellent!
Then came the cheese (very good not out of the world) and then a chocolate dessert and finally an array of chocolates all of which were good but we were clearly not ending on a high note. We ordered a couple of drinks more and a nice bottle of wine with the meal and ended the night just over $700 per person.I expected near flawless service and an evening of ever increasing sensory delight when you pay that kind of money, but instead we ended a bit flat and after 4 hours at Per Se went over to Porterhouse in the TWC to get a few sliders to tackle our hunger :)