Sunday, February 20, 2011

Restaurant Week Lunch at David Burke's Primehouse

Yesterday we went to David Burke's Primehouse for an impromptu lunch during Restaurant Week. It was definitely last minute, but why not? My friends had already decided so all I had to do was jump on the el. I've become a bit of a cynic when it comes to Restaurant Week, and our meal at db's didn't do much to dispel those feelings. We had a decent lunch, and at $22 for three courses, it's not bad value. But on an absolute level it's still not cheap and my our meal was just ok.

Like all Restaurant Week specials, you get to choose three courses fixe prix. My three courses were surf and turf dumplings (lobster, short rib), steak burger, and pineapple upside-down cake. Other choices included a lobster bisque soup to start, fillet mignon for entree (or salmon or chicken) and a brownie for dessert.

My dumplings starter was interesting, but somewhat uninspiring. The short rib barbecue was on a stick with a crispy coating. I really liked the the spicy asian sauce it came with, but the entire dish was kind of goofy without a lot going on.

My steak burger was a little under cooked for my liking (maybe my fault for ordering medium?). It came with an interesting sauce, spinach and crispy onions. Had the meat been cooked more I probably would have liked the sandwich more, since the flavors and textures were pretty good. However, when I sneaked a taste of the fillet (that everyone else ordered), I knew how badly I was out-ordered. The fillets were small, but for lunchtime appropriate, and very tasty with great, lite seasoning. The entire table came with sides of mushrooms and mashed potatoes.

Finally, after we already ate too much at 2:30 in the afternoon, our dessert course arrived. My upside down cake was better than the brownie, but somewhat dry. I enjoyed the sorbet, though it was strong and tart.

David Burke serves great steak, as their name suggests. I'm not sure about the rest of the menu, and I don't have a good idea of the value since this was restaurant week (I'm certain the prices are up there). I'm still not sold on the restaurant week phenomenon, but that's probably just because I eat out too much and don't see the inherent value. It still is a great way to taste your way around the city for less than a normal meal. Anyway, I tried it again, and can still recommend that David Burke has great steaks.

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  1. Sounds like an interesting lunch, if nothing else. I've never been a big fan of restaurant week because you tend to get pre-made less inspiring food with so-so ingredients so that the restaurant can still make money or break even at $22 (or ~$30 at dinner).

    I've been to David Burke and they did a wonderful Chicago-style "steak dinner" which was alot more interesting than the average trip to Gibsons, Mortons, or the like.

    But hey, it only cost $22 right?

    P. Channon

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