Top Chef:Texas S09E05 11/30/11 "Don't Be Tardy for the Dinner Party"

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  1. robojerk

    robojerk Well-Known Member

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    Tom looked and sounded wasted during the judging. :D

    Based on looks, and sounding appealing, the cigar dish, TUCK! :thumbsdown:
     
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    TAsunder

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    The cigar situation is exactly what I've heard about Moto. Chicago has Alinea, without a doubt the best restaurant that prominently features "molecular gastronomy" in the US. That's because the flavors are outstanding and match the experiential aspects of the food (which are outstanding as well). It also has Moto, which is a good restaurant but which supposedly sometimes focuses more on the cleverness and mg technique than the flavors. You can be clever and cheeky all day, but if the food doesn't taste great or the texture is off, it's not going to be enough.

    Though I previously said I want to go to Moto, I noticed that the price is $165. Depending on the season, Alinea is as low as ~$175. I don't know why anyone would choose Moto; I say that as someone who has never been to Moto but has been to Alinea twice. I appreciate clever, but it is not enough for a truly memorable experience.
     
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    jsmeeker

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    Yay!! They are in Dallas. And they shopped at the Whole Foods I shop at.. Cool. But a little surprised they didn't shop a the new, much larger one a few miles south of there.

    In this episode, it seemed from what we saw, the main course team was overall the worst. But I guess they had a little bad from each. Also interesting to see how the regular normal people viewed the dishes compared to the judges. Seems like there was stuff they liked that the Tom hated.
     
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    MikeMar

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    Are you saying that it's like a fixed price menu for $165? Or the average meal costs $165/person or something?
     
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    jsmeeker

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    Pretty sure Moto is a single, fixed menu. If I am reading the website correctly, that is. And I read it that it's 160
     
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    Neenahboy

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    Man, the rich people (primarily the women) really came off like asshats. Wasn't expecting them to be portrayed that badly, though I suppose Bravo is the land of the catty rich bitches with Real Housewives and whatnot...
     
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    secondclaw

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    They looked to me like trophy wives ... maybe not but that spoiled arrogance and 10 pounds of makeup on each ... just makes it seem that way.

     
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    bryhamm

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    Who was the guest dude at the judges table. He looks familiar, but I can't place it.
     
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    TAsunder

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    Oops. Well, in any case it's too expensive to risk going there over Alinea.
     
  10. crowfan

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    John Besh. He was a contestant on Top Chef Masters.
     
  11. pmyers

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    I thought both the Moto guys were going to be eliminaed back-to-back after that horrible looking cigar.

    Was surprised that Chuey got the boot. He's looke pretty strong all season.
     
  12. jsmeeker

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    If you go to the Moto website, you can see a photo of the "cigar" they serve. It's a take on a cuban sandwich.


    I would go to Moto. Give it a go. Why not? What's the worst that can happen? :)
     
  13. GoHalos

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    That cigar did look terrible.

    I wasn't that surprised that Chuey got the boot -- in fact he's who I guessed would go out of the 4 in the bottom. That dish was flawed from the start (cheese needing to melt will always cause the salmon to be overcooked - should be medium-rare in these types of situations) - and I think that the judges were surprised that he didn't see it, and especially that he said that he makes it in his restaurant, so he should have known how to modify it to make it right (less, cheese, etc.).
     
  14. pmyers

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    I think that was probably the "nail in the coffin"...that he regularly serves that and thinks there's nothing wrong with it. That's not an execution mistake, that's a chef/concept mistake.
     
  15. Mr. Soze

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    I thought the cupcake guy was toast. That salmon must have really sucked.
     
  16. jsmeeker

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    Overcooked fish is a massive culinary sin. Worse than a cupcake loaded down with too much crap.
     
  17. pmyers

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    I have to say....my wife and I loved the concept of a "progressive diner party" and only wished we had any neighbors that we would do this with. What a great idea that we had never heard of.
     
  18. WhiskeyTango

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    Those people are what passes for 'normal' in Dallas? :p
     
  19. jsmeeker

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    Normal rich Park Cities people?

    Yeah.. Sure. :)


    they are getting HAMMERED over in the comments section of the blog entries. Gail actually had something nice to say about one of the hostesses in her blog.
     
  20. pmyers

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    They seemed like nice enough people. I didn't have any problem with them.
     

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