Oh ladies and lady boys, this year for Thanksgiving I decided I would not cook for once. Secret Agent Fred and I thought we would be the only ones of our friends who would be in town, so we started shaking down restaurants to find where we might go. Sort of just arbitrarily, we wound up at the Four Seasons Hotel. Because we are fancy boys, that's why. Then about a month ago, our good friends, Drumstick and Hot Foot, announced they were not going to be leaving town. They did so with the air of a dog who wants to go out for a walk, so I invited them along.
The Four Seasons really is a pretty swanky joint. It used to be decorated in extreme good taste, lots of silk and velvet and mohair all in a taupe/gold/turquoise palette. The last time I was there was before R Man died and that was 12 years ago and even then all the finishes and upholstery were sort of tatty. They obviously got theirselves together because it's all been redone, but in a very disappointing mushroom gray blandness. Yuck
The dining room where we were eating is on the 5th floor and has big windows along Market Street in the very heart of downtown, so it was a very big city kind of experience. Aside from the views though, dinner was sort of meh.
We started off with an amuse bouche which sounded interesting on the menu (octopus, chorizo aioli, and potatoes) but which did not really amuse my bouche. It was followed up by very nice frisee salad with grapefruit and crab in it. And then a lobster tagliatelle course. I assume they boiled the lobster and then saved the water as a kind of court bullion to cook the pasta in. I thought the lobster was very tasty, but I didn't like the pasta carrying a kind of fishy flavor.
The main course, of course, was all the All-Stars of Thanksgiving gone by: turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, and green beans. The turkey was bland, and so was the dressing which also had an odd gummy texture. The mashed potatoes, which should be the star of the evening were served as an artistic smear across the plate. I say if your mashed potatoes are thin enough that you can paint with them, you have done something wrong, very wrong. The green beans were green beans.
The whole dessert course was made up of tiny little sweet things, sort of like what you get at tea and was entirely forgettable.
Then the check came, has it almost always does, and it turned out to be $300 a person. Three. Hundred. Fucking. Dollars. I am happy as anyone to fling money about, but I really prefer a bigger bang.
I felt like I was being punished for not cooking.
And now, some boys to give thanks for: