I was reading an interesting article in Bloomberg's a few days ago regarding the restaurant industry. Even in today's markets, there are some restauants that are charging the most outrageous amounts of money for dinner. $1500 dinners at the French Laundry in Napa Valley, 25,000 - 50,000 for a private party in Alinea in Chicago, (number of guests 55) and in Manhattan at Masa Takayama's sushi restaurant the prix-fixe is $450.00 a head.
What am I missing...
I have eaten in some very fine restaurants, and have yet to find one where I could say that the food was truly spectular, or the portions decent, or that tasted as good as what I could prepare in my own kitchen. How many times have you read an article where the guests leave the restaurant and go to get something to eat. What kind of food could be worth that type of money, I can't imagine. It's food for heavens sake, you eat it, you digest it, and it's gone!!!
It's like eating someone's rent payment...how sad!
The questions still remains, why do people go there?????
In this day and age, where we all live on plastic, maybe we need to think ahead, just a little...but we do need to think ahead.
I guess that gluttony would have to be the sin most of us possess. Maybe they eat there just because they can, or so they can say that they have. It's time we take the time to rethink our priorities. With the economy heading on the downhill spiral it's taking, we all need a wake-up call. Where will all of these restaurants be in a few more years - following the path of the Rainbow Room??
I for one would rather have an In-n-Out Burger..., and make mine animal style :-)
PS: If you are an avid reader of Michael Connelly and his detectice character Harry Bosch, the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch is his namesake!