Chez Panise

Discussion in 'Restaurant Reviews' started by cooking kat, Mar 2, 2006.

  1. cooking kat

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    Boy was I dissapointed. I have heard nothing but rave reviews of this place, I have also wanted to go to this place for as long as I could remember. The food just was not the bomb that exploded for me. The service was okay. It is a place I now can say I have been to, but will not go back. :cry:
     
  2. mezzaluna

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    Kat, can you elaborate?
     
  3. cooking kat

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    When dining in a restaurant that has been highly acclaimed as "Wonderful" you tend to expect to have "Wonderful". Chez Panise does not have a Menu. You eat what they decide to make for the evening. If you are that confident in thinking that a single dish is that good, it better be. Unfortunately the main dish was very bland, the side dish very bitter. The guests dining at the table next to us even mentioned their dislike of the bitter greens. I have been around the industry in so many different ways, I take all into consideration. I like her concept of using local and fresh items, and I understand you can't please everyone. I can now say I have eaten there. Will I ever reccomend the place...unfortunately not.
     
  4. shroomgirl

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    bummer. I've always found it inspirational. From the lemongrass tisane to the umpteen years ago fresh tuna nicoise with assorted olives and Acme breads. The dates and citrus on the table were sublime.....

    What I enjoyed was the comfortable atmosphere, no frills (just honest fresh food).....it's hard to live up to massive hype. As Larry Forgione said to me as he was opening An American Place in STL he didn't want to be in the top echilone because there is no room for error then.....poor Alice has an uphill battle with all the buildup of expectations.
     
  5. markv

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    My wife and I dined at Chez Panise this past August and I wasn't as impressed as I thought I'd be.

    The first course was a shellfish salad which was decent but nothing to write home about. I don't remember what the dessert was but that wasn't inspirational either.

    The main course was Magruder Ranch grass-fed beef, a premium quality beef raised locally in Mendocino. That was very good and went great with the burgundy I ordered.

    All in all I felt the same as you Kat. I can say I went there but wouldn't go out of my way to go there again.

    Mark
     
  6. vicious vaness

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    I wanted to try that place. But I think I'll skip it.

    Cooking Kat, since you're in Danville, I'm sure you've tried Mudd's before. I used to work in San Ramon, and I LOVE that place! Of course, I couldn't eat there every day. But I talked to the chef and he was able to customize mine and my friend's meals. I'm a semi-picky eater, and she's worse than me, but we both loved our meals.... and the Red Delicious Martini was GOOD!!!
     
  7. cooking kat

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    Yes I have dined at Mudd's. I do have to say that they are pretty good. Much better than Chez Panise for sure! Service, wine selection and menu all hands down are way better!