After San Francisco Chronicle food critic Michael Bauer wrote a harsh 1.5 star review of his restaurant Lafitte that features a menu that completely changes every single night, chef Russell Jackson, the dissident chef with a pirate fetish, turned to his email newsletter to respond. He delivered a critic smack-down:
Well, to say the least, many of you who follow my twitter feed already know that I found the review personally and professionally offensive. It was a direct attack on who I am, my personal style and the innovative approach we have taken on creating Lafitte's mandate, as well as a hit to the respect and honor of our Crew.
I am not completely disavowing Mr. Bauer's opinion; certainly he is qualified and welcome to it. There are elements to our growth that we have been in the process of adjusting, so, late to the game as we know he is, there was no new information we could gleam [sic] from his biased and unbalanced review (had he said something we weren't aware of, I would have been extremely surprised). This is a two-month-old restaurant that is rapidly coming together. I ask that you come see how much we have grown.
· Lafitte's Russell Jackson Speaks Out Against Cap'n Bauer [-ESF-]
· A complete new menu daily at Lafitte in S.F. [SF Chronicle]
[Photo: Lafitte SF]