What is the most you've ever paid for dinner?

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I just got back from a solo outing at Nobu, and nearly emptied my bank account because I felt I owed it to myself... in retrospect, $141 for one person is quite ridiculous, don'tcha think?

-- amaebi (me@amaebi.org), June 08, 2000


last year, a friend of the families (from church) who happens to own several Taco Johns and has a bit of money, managed to arrange for my dad and I to perform some music in the Mall of America. the night prior to the performance, he took us to eat at a japanese steak house. this included a sushi bar (little boats of raw fishes floated around the booth, with a lady in the middle slicing and dicing) and a chef who cooked right at our table and threw knives, made things burn, it was border-line terrifying. intriguing. the price was, i think, around 40 bucks a plate, not including the sushi bar - which in itself cost a small fortune. the meal that night, for his family and mine, ended up somewhere in the area of 600 or 700 dollars. not as much per person, but quite an expenditure for one meal . . .


-- jarday (jarday@jarday.com), June 08, 2000.

nothing exotic, just birthday dinners out at this great old steak place in San Francisco. Martini + steak tartare appetizer + wine + oh yes, perfect pepper steak & vegetables & potatoes. I can't remember the tab, maybe never knew cause it was my birthday, but it was up there. bliss.

-- Lizzie (crow@well.com), June 08, 2000.

Hmmm.. off the top of my head, I'd have to say it was a room service tab of around $250. Granted, the Dom was a good chunk of it. There was this magnificent mixture of melted brie with crab meat and an array of spices and nice, thick chunks of bread, and the most incredible tiramsu for dessert. Ooff.. it was wunnerful. Perfect ending to a long drive, somewhere in Humboldt County, CA.

Second tab was for this great, family-run Chinese restraunt. Chinese New Year, a red envelope held an 150% tip as thanks and much prosperity for the coming year. (Lil over $100..)

-- Brandy (brandy@kuhi.org), June 10, 2000.

Brandy, that's ok, the sake I drank was a good part of my sushi tab .. it was something like $25/glass -- looks like a _very_ expensive meal.

j -- I wanna go to that restaurant ... sounds like teppanyaki, my favorite. Yum.

lizzie -- what was the name of that place in san francisco?

-- amaebi (me@amaebi.org), June 12, 2000.

Here's a question for you: Sake, warm or cold?

Or does it depend on what you'll be eating?

Personally, I'm still mulling this over, both were good, but the cold presentation was rather nice. (I'm a sucker for swanky decanters)

-- Brandy (brandy@kuhi.org), June 12, 2000.

brandy ...

the general theory is that bad sake is best served warm, and good sake is best served cold. a lesser theory suggests that in warm weather, we drink cold sake, and in cold weather, we drink warm sake. i have no theory. i just ask the sushi chef. in general, i like it both ways, depending on my mood.

although, I will admit, mediocre sake tastes much much better when it's heated.

-- amaebi (me@amaebi.org), June 15, 2000.

The steak place we go to in San Francisco is Harris'. They're related to the Harris Ranch on I5. They're on Van Ness near Pacific or one of those streets. Another good meat place is House of Prime Rib, which is down the street.

-- Lizzie (crow@well.com), June 15, 2000.

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