The entire experience at this place is a big WOW! We entered on a weekday afternoon to an
otherwise empty, gigantic, monastic-looking place, greeted warmly by a handsome young man who guided us through the restaurant and then down through the grounds for a glimpse of the "banquet" area - all plastic and enormously austere. I liked the way the plastic allowed the
natural surroundings to enter the "scene" - my husband was less enamoured but still impresssed.
The interior of the restaurant is a trip! Austere beyond desription - all metal and more metal but very interesting and clearly much thought out. Again, even though it is a bit cold (and the day was actually quite cold as well),I liked it for the most part. The only part of the design that really needs reconsideration are the chairs - they are metal with two triangular pillows for the seat that are not fitted and so do not comfortably accomodate a long sit, which is what you want to do with this food! And sit (less comfortably than we would have liked) for nearly 3 hours, the only diners there that day, we did!
The food - well, what the chef does with food is, is....truly extraordinary! I think it is THE "sexiest" food I've ever eaten (and, as I've mentioned before, I've eaten with some of the "best"!) We each had one of the two provided menus and it was great to be able to share some of the different offerings that we would have otherwise missed. It is not inexpensive - we paid nearly $300 U.S. for the two of us, but it was very much worth it! If there is anything "negative" I can say about this temple (other than the "seats"), it is that a little less would be better. We left feeling so "stuffed" because we couldn't pass up any of the offerings so, perhaps, a few fewer offerings would be desireable since it is IMPOSSIBLE to pass up even the magnificent bread, even when you know you should!
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