Is it just me or the elite American restaurants are actually pretentious ?
Yes, I am not American, and yes I dont visit the $$$$ restaurants unless its a office sponsored party or a very special occasion. I am not a cheapskate either, and I do love exploring different cuisines. But whenever I have been to these 'fine dining' restaurants in US, I have always felt like 'WTF is on my plate' ? In my last dinner at an upscale restaurant in Seattle which has extremely good reviews, I had 3 ounces of Wagyu filet mignon which cost 130$. All could taste is the overwhelming flavour of butter in it. I mean if you put enough butter in to cardboard, it probably would be palatable too. We had ordered a seafood platter for starters, which probably was around 250$. And all I could see was just 8 to 10 boiled shrimps, few crabs and crayfish laid out on ice. No seasoning, not even salt, no accompanying condiments, just a bowl of mayo on the side. I mean how lazy can you be ?
I get it that they have these good looking people to wait and serve, and the service indeed is outstanding, but shouldnt a restaurant first be about food ? And whats up with people going gaga over these places, what am I missing? There were few people in the dinner group who had been to this restaurant multiple times and they were praising the food so much, I have no clue why.