Friday night we celebrated our 6th anniversary at Coi. After leaving, we decided that every 3rd anniversary should be spent at home (See: previous anniversaries).
I am inclined only to write about things when I am extremely impressed or disappointed, and I felt neither at Coi. Mild disappointment might describe it best (the vote goes to underwhelmed on this one). There were things I would describe as good, but nothing (excepting their desserts) that I would call great. In any case, there will not be a full review of this meal, although I will present you with some sound bites from the evening:
ME: Alinea totally fucked us up the ass. I haven't been wow-ed by anything here so far.
ME: Dude, we are going to be so fucking screwed after El Bulli next month.
(Said after our third or fourth course, in reference to the fact that if you are claiming to bring it, then you best bring it; when you are promising alchemy, you need to deliver. And, dude, stop blaming Alice for the fact that you are trying and not succeeding at making truly innovative cuisine).
JON: Why have I been pouring all of our wine tonight?
(Note: this was the case for our water as well)
ME: Is the goat cheese very goat-y? We're not usually crazy about the chalkiness characteristics of most goat cheeses.
SERVER: Well, do you know what a quenelle is?
My inner monologue: Are you fucking kidding me? I am at your goddamn restaurant, right? And what does the shape of the item have to do with ANYTHING I asked you?
ME: Daniel Patterson should be a pastry chef.
(Said after realizing the desserts were my favorite courses all night, asking about a pastry chef and being told it was all done by DP. This, I found out later, was wrong, as their desserts are done by Jake Godby).
"To eat is a necessity. To eat intelligently is an art."
-- La Rochefoucauld