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London's Le Caprice; The Pump Room in Chicago

Le Caprice, London.
Le Caprice, London.
Photo: Le Caprice

In his first review as interim New York Times restaurant critic, Eric Asimov gives two stars to Salinas. Julia Kramer checks out Jean-Georges Vongerichten's takeover at Chicago's historic Pump Room and finds a wiener schnitzel dish "one of Jean-Georges’s tributes to the old Pump Room...more a backhanded fuck you, a genius way of reminding guests just how far this restaurant has come."

Meanwhile across the Atlantic, Jay Rayner submits of a stunner of a bad review for Le Caprice, writing "Don’t go to Le Caprice hungry. After my experience there, I am minded to wonder why anybody goes there at all. But certainly don’t go there eager to be fed." Also, there was a waiter who "was to warmth and charm what Burma is to democracy." Ouch. Here are the mid-week reviews:

New York:
New York Times/Eric Asimov: Salinas, 2 stars
Village Voice/Robert Sietsema: Catania
New York/Robin Raisfeld & Rob Patronite: Mtskheta Cafe, 3 out of 5 stars
Time Out New York/Jay Cheshes: The Cannibal, 4 out of 5 stars
New Yorker/Lizzie Widdicombe: The Leopard at des Artistes
Village Voice/Lauren Shockey: The Cannibal
Bloomberg/Ryan Sutton: Le Bernardin, 4 stars

The London Magazine/Jay Rayner: Le Caprice

Time Out Chicago/Julia Kramer: The Pump Room, 3 out of 5 stars

Miami: Pesce Elliott: Martini 28, 3 stars Koff: SEA, 3.5 stars

San Francisco:
SF Gate/Michael Bauer: Sotto Mare, 2 stars
SF Weekly/Jonathan Kauffman: Park Tavern

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