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East Haven, Connecticut

casual diner (based on 8 reviews)

Member since: Sep 13 2010

Relationship status: Single

Occupation: Foodie

About JuanM
I am your go to guy for fair impartial reviews of restaurants. If you have a place that you would like me to review, let me know. .



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Daniel Manhattan, New York
Oh Daniel, how I love you! Mar 02 2014, 21:09
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was told about the establishment by a friend. Daniel really is a good restaurant. Actually, I will go as far as saying it is one of the top ones I have been to in New York. When I entered the restaurant, it evoked a feeling of traditional with modern accents. A woman in black caught me off guard as she greeted me at the entrance and took my coat, followed by the friendly hostess, waiting eagerly to cross my name off the reservations list. We were brought into the main dining room, which had an airy feeling but with modern accents such as the added frosted glass panels along the ballestry. The waiter who served our table was very professional without being too stuffy presented us with our menus. Being a very authentic French restaurant, Daniel focuses on only the highest quality ingredients, creating dishes that are simple, yet unique

What made the restaurant differ from a great restaurant, and such a highly acclaimed restaurant, was the way that it stuck to its philosophy and food integrity, constantly changing and creating new dishes, as well as the high level of service and freebies, making the restaurant seem less like a cost and more of an experience. It made me feel welcomed and not a place out to get your money with gimmicky overpriced foods and drinks And best yet, after the meal, the renowned chef Daniel Boulud surprisingly came to my table and greeted me. In a world where celebrity chefs are constantly out to make money, opening up branches, and spending time on television, it is good to see that there are still honest chefs in the world and in New York City.

I cant say enough about this place place. Everything was fantastic. The only reason ti did not get five stars is because I actually had to wait to be served even though I had a reservation. I will certainly be coming back!

Pastis - Los Angeles West Hollywood/Beverly Hills/Mid-Wilshire, California
Can't wait to go back! Mar 02 2014, 21:06
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About a week ago, a friend booked a table and where meet with a creative buzz as if it had been in the French capital. The restaurant is full both inside and outside. It is full of people and the atmosphere blew us away. A smooth entrance to end a stressful day.

We get a perfectly placed table for two people inside the premises. The waiter had a little attitude, but it works well. His arrogance seems (almost) real

The waiter takes us through what is today's fish and meat. We choose to stick to the original menu and start the meal with Martini's with vodka.
Perfect. A wonderful start that gets better.

My friend orders the classic onion soup and I Chicken & Foie Gras Mousse. The waiter recommended a dry white wine with the Chicken & Foie Gras Mousse, which I find a bit strange, as more sweetness had worked better. But the taste of the food is exquisite. I am more than happy with the quality of the food.

I order the lobster and my friend the steak with béarnaise sauce as a main course.The steak, which I taste, well cooked and béarnaise is magnificent. This sauce I know have been a hell to make for a chef in the back. Just so perfect unexplainable.

Another friend ordered the lobster and told me that it was a little too watery. That is what removes the experience from perfect. The butter is good, but I think that a ton of fries is not an optimal choice for me. But yet approved. This pulls down a little, but the steak was good.

We enjoy the evening on, and wait staff are incredible professional. They create a welcoming atmosphere and we laugh with them number of times. Our waiters also loosen slightly over time, although he forgets things we ask for. Where did the lobsters come from? Etc.

After several hours are the sweets chapter on the menu. I order toffee cake with that the waiter recommends. My firend loves chocolate mousse. Both are lovely, but maybe overload after so much food.

I think Pastis is certainly worth a visit. The restaurant delivers on all fronts.
Good service, Great food, great atmosphere and lovely drinks. A pleasure.

The bill was over 250.00 not including the tip.

L'Espalier Boston, Massachusetts
Simply Wonderful Mar 02 2014, 21:00
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I recently had the pleasure of dining at L'Espalier with a friend of mine, to celebrate his engagement! I now understand why L'Espalier has been so successful for so many years. The passion for putting together innovative meals and celebrating farm to table cuisine is still very much alive at L'Espalier. Why no Michelin Star or Relais & Chateaux designations for L'Espalier is baffling to me, as I have reviewed restaurants with these designations and this establishment is of similar quality. However, even without those designations the experience was amazing.

As with practically all restaurants of this caliber I would recommend allowing plenty of time to truly enjoy the experience. L'Espalier offers several dining options, but I strongly recommend the 3 Course with the supplemental cheese course. We both had the duck which was presented and carved table side along with some preparations to accompany it. Though others have commented on the portions being small and not worth the money, I couldn't disagree more.

The service was very good. Everyone was good about greeting and welcoming us. A few of the staff need a refresher on timing especially regarding the filling of the water/wine glass and when to clear the course, but other than that, all was good. Be sure to add the supplemental cheese course which will give you a chance to interact with fromager Louis Risoli, who is a awesome!

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