The review. An analysis of new and existing restaurants in the Vail Valley.

The premier long time Vail Village restaurant has been and continues to be......... (see note below review)

The Left Bank

As much as we probably secretly would like this dining institution to come up short and fail in some respect, it rarely seems to do so. 

If the diners are not long time local habitués , they should not be discouraged by the occasionally surly and sometimes condescending approach shown them by the ownership and wait staff.  It's just the way things are here, and that kind of attitude is not likely to change anytime soon.

Meal Highlights:  Sue's starter of escargot was, of course, perfect.  Her elk medallions were absolutely tender and sat on a gorgeous burgundy reduction.   The accompanying mashed potatoes, spinach, and asparagus equally so.  My lobster/shrimp en brioche  was exquisite.  The portions allotted for each of us were surprisingly generous.  We chose the suggested wine for the seafood and it too was outstanding - an unusually floral chardonnay and definitely Burgundian.

Lowlights:  It's basically impossible to find anything amiss with the meal, the service, or the surroundings.  A modest complaint could be made of the relatively pedestrian nature of the bread basket.  Other than that it was a virtually perfect dinner.  For that we happily award two  star1.gif (962 bytes)star1.gif (962 bytes)  to this venerable establishment.

Reviewed by ORP on 12/16/03

May, 2006 Note.  The original owners of this establishment - Liz & Luc Meyer have retired at the end of the season.  The restaurant has been purchased by their chef of many years.  Our final meal here in early April was somewhat less satisfying than previous experiences.  It remains to be seen if the quality level will rise or subside.

Previously reviewed: La Bottega   Alicante   Kaltenberg Castle   Gore Creek Grill   La Tour  Bighorn Bistro  Larkspur  Sapphire Tavolaccio  Mezzaluna


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