Bethenny's Top Chef Blog

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on May 22, 2008

Bold, ballsy menu from Warehouse. I have to give them a shout out. I had a dish of linguine with clams and sausage recently and it was vile. This sounds delicious and I could eat it right now. The same goes for their beet root salad. I agree that it isn't gastro pub, but it all makes sense and is approachable with Richard's signature twist. It is all something that I would crave but would never even know to do so if it weren't put in front of me.

I also like the lamb shank idea. Very comforting and in the gastro pub vain. I like anything Gorgonzola so I love that choice, and these sweet scallops were a great playful dessert. Props for doing chocolate. Anyone who doesn't do chocolate in some capacity just truly doesn't understand the meaning of dessert and those with a sweet tooth. Love it all.

The entire Asian menu is utterly confusing, a hot mess, and a stomach ache in its entirety. I really do like simplicity and when things are complex, it should be done subtly with flavors and hints and spices. I don't believe in serving people several courses that are overwhelming, daunting, making you never want to see them again. Asian is clean and simple and this menu sounds like Cheesecake Factory meets a takeout Chinese restaurant. Scary. Coconut, avocado, cantaloupe, mango, lions, tigers, bears, oh my. Less is more. DALE, I AM SO DISAPPOINTED. I THOUGHT WE HAD SOMETHING!

As for knife skills, mine are horrendous despite my efforts in culinary school. I cannot in good faith criticize anyone for that so I have to let that slide. However, when you suffer in an area, delegate! Know your strengths and weaknesses.