To describe the experience of dining at the world’s number 1 restaurant Eleven Madison as voted by World’s 50 Best Restaurants, I will play a word association game.
❌Service – inconsistent
❌Food – lacklustre
❌Decor – underwhelming
❌Experience – why
❌Final thoughts – full stereotype of fine dining with obnoxiously tiny portions, resting on laurels like it never got up to walk in the first place. ♻
The service was smiley yet vacuous (ie. Forced congeniality) a little tactless (if clearly in a serious conversation, popping in to interrupt constantly isn’t the best), no stand out dish (was waiting to be wowed by… well, anything really) and lack of anticipation/ability to read cues of what each individual guest needs beyond dietary requirements. 🍽
Two birthdays were celebrated with a lone blob of ice cream on vast, empty plate – adorned with a single, white candle little wider than a toothpick and probably available for 2c at the local dollar store. The words ‘happy birthday’ were not even inscribed 🤦🏽♀️ 🎂
One of the guests had a back issue and was clearly in pain, standing up to hold their side throughout the evening. In every other 2-3 Michelin 🌟 venue, this would be immediately recognised and catered for, solutions offered. 👨💼
Maybe I’m being overly harsh because of the tag Eleven Madison comes with – however considering one of the guests flew from London to have dinner for one night (wasn’t me 🤷🏽♀️) I’d want each detail to be intricately executed with aplomb. 🛫
All in all – a huge disappointment, but a lesson learned.