A recent story in The Wall Street Journal addressed in depth the popularity of tasting menus paired with wines. The paper’s wine writers, Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher dined anonymously at four of New York’s top restaurants (Le Bernardin, Jean George, Per Se and Daniel) to report on tasting menus and their pairings with wine. The results were startling. Not only did the writers have day-0ld, sometimes uninspired and pre-chosen pairings, the cost was over the top at $280 for two at Le Bernardin (separate from the the $180 per person for the food tasting menu). Per Se and Daniel came out the best of the bunch, for service, wines and food pairings. While San Diego isn’t quite as pricey, tasting menus can be found at some of our top restaurants. How good are they?
What do you think about tasting menus? Are they worth ordering or are they passé ? Do you order the wines suggested or do you order by the glass or bottle? Does the service feel rushed because you’re ordering a set menu? Well, Buzz would like to hear from you. Let’s see how San Diego’s chefs and sommeliers show their stuff.