anyone been to mistura/sopra i kinda want to go but am curious if its just chef hype, or is a good time?
mistura is excellent - i would definitely go back.
make sure you get the crispy artichokes and the bufallo mozzarella. the gnocchi was also top notch, as was the wild boar agnolotti.
sopra was really beautiful - we just went up to take a peek but didn't stay for a drink.
we checked out spice route last week and i have to say it was extremely subpar. the service was horrible (it took two and a half hours for our meal to finish - four of us on a tuesday night). the cocktails came warm and were messed up (olives instead of a twist), they forgot one of our dishes entirely until we reminded them, the order in which they "staggered" the dishes was totally perplexing (two appetizers, then the duck, then fried rice, then two fish dishes, then a salad, then the heaviest ones - two beef dishes).
the food was disappointing - overseasoned mostly, and nothing special (i was expecting pan-asian with some kind of twist, but it was really not so different from what you would get at a good chinese resto, but at twice the price for half the amount of food.
example: the most expensive item on the menu is the peking duck. the flavour is good, quite traditional - nothing new or different, and the duck skin was soggy rather than crispy. but it cost 30 bucks and you get 6 pieces of duck only. it's ridiculous. i understand paying additional money for the nice decor and ambience, but at those prices i really expected the food to be more interesting.
the bathrooms were really the best part, the desserts were the second best part (banana tempura w. vanilla bean ice cream = the shit), and the room was pretty nice itself. but i can barely enjoy it when the service is shit and the food is overpriced and totally uninteresting.