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Old 01-03-2007, 09:54 PM   #1
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Prime Smoked Sirloin

We took our son's family out for Christmas Eve dinner at the top-rated restaurant in Monterey CA, Montrio Bistro, which occupies a historic downtown Monterey firehouse and boasts a mix of French, Italian and American cuisine.

The menu item that caught my eye was "Prime Smoked Sirloin, whipped potatoes, with asparagus, tomatoes and balsamic-veal reduction."

So I asked the waiter, "Tell me about this smoked sirloin." He said the chef smokes it blue-rare over wood chips, then grills it to order. He didn't know anything else. Curious, I ordered it, medium rare.



The balsamic-veal reduction was a little stout. The side veggies were not very attractive either to eye or palate. But the steak wasn't bad. I couldn't taste the putative smoke, and the reduction it was floating in masked the meatiness more than I would have preferred.

When it was first served, my 5-year-old granddaughter said, "Oh, that looks good!" Later she admitted that she thought the potatoes were whipped cream.

That night I had the worst headache I can remember. Aspirin wouldn't touch it, and I couldn't sleep because of it until around 3 am. It had to have been something about the food. The part I've already described? The salad? The dessert? I'll probably never know what caused it. I'm glad it went away.

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(People didn't look at me too strangely when I took pictures of my plate. )
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Old 01-03-2007, 10:05 PM   #2
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We took our son's family out for Christmas Eve dinner at the top-rated restaurant in Monterey CA, Montrio Bistro, which occupies a historic downtown Monterey firehouse and boasts a mix of French, Italian and American cuisine.

The menu item that caught my eye was "Prime Smoked Sirloin, whipped potatoes, with asparagus, tomatoes and balsamic-veal reduction."

So I asked the waiter, "Tell me about this smoked sirloin." He said the chef smokes it blue-rare over wood chips, then grills it to order. He didn't know anything else. Curious, I ordered it, medium rare.



The balsamic-veal reduction was a little stout. The side veggies were not very attractive either to eye or palate. But the steak wasn't bad. I couldn't taste the putative smoke, and the reduction it was floating in masked the meatiness more than I would have preferred.

When it was first served, my 5-year-old granddaughter said, "Oh, that looks good!" Later she admitted that she thought the potatoes were whipped cream.

That night I had the worst headache I can remember. Aspirin wouldn't touch it, and I couldn't sleep because of it until around 3 am. It had to have been something about the food. The part I've already described? The salad? The dessert? I'll probably never know what caused it. I'm glad it went away.

--John
(People didn't look at me too strangely when I took pictures of my plate. )
Bet you got a heavy dose of MSG. I know I'll be crucified for my comment but it is a classic case of ingesting that nasty crap. Sorry for your poor experience at a fine bistro.
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Old 01-03-2007, 10:26 PM   #3
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So John, I'm thinking you're not going to order that again. Bummer about the flavors and the subsequent reaction. But I liked the pics.

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Old 01-03-2007, 10:43 PM   #4
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Looked like over priced steak a taters to me.

Did your service seem to improve after you took the pic ?
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You should have taken your Wolfe Rub Bold with you John! Sorry your dinner wasn't as good as you expected!
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Sorry the dinner was disappointing John. Now, pictures of food at a resturant...........John, that's daring!
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Old 01-04-2007, 06:54 AM   #7
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It looks great, too bad it was not as good as it looked. I think Dat's hit the nail on the head about the MSG, some folks react badly to it. My SIL is an MD, he would rather see people that can use it do so in place of salt.
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Too bad about the dinner.... It sounded good.
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John, go back, it's on him!
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