Soooo, I'm thinking about writing a book about my dining experience at Per Se. It will be titled "101 Ways to Describe Per(Se)fection." I was truly blown away. I found myself complimenting every single aspect of my meal there--the food, the service, the ambiance, the presentation and the little things they do to make you feel special. Everything was absolutely perfect. Calling the food "Delicious" felt like an understatement. "Nice" would have been such a plain description. McDonald's can be described as nice and to call Per Se the same would just be downright offensive. To describe the food with such mediocre terms, I would be a disgrace to fellow Foodies the world over.
So back to the book, it'll be formatted with one word per page. It will and should be brought to Per Se for a meal. As every course is brought out, the reader/diner will open the book to a random page and the word will accurately describe their dish. Think like "The Book of Answers" except adjectives to describe your experience.
So far there are 15 words -- Perfect. Execellent. Phenomenal. Astounding. Amazing. Awesome. Divine. Incredible. Outstanding. Terrific. Fantastic. Wonderful. Fabulous. Superb. Heavenly.
Of course there'll be slang words! Tight. Legit. Money. Legal. ill. Shiznit (ie. This Salmon with Creme Fraiche amuse bouche is the shiznit!)
I'm still taking submissions for words. After all the words there'll be mini chapters such as..
1) "If you ask nicely, they will give it to you" to describe the service and how much they go out of their way to please you (ie. asking for a second helping of amuse bouches and a second round of chocolate)
2) "if you tell them that you're there for a special occasion, they print personalized menus for you and your dining party."
I haven't yet decided if there'll be a section for medicore words like Nice, Delicious and Good. I might put it in for the people that were unimpressed by the food. If this chapter will be in my book though, it'll be all the way in the back as the spotlight of the book is how truly amazing Per Se is.
All book proceeds will go to my Per Se dining fund.
I am a die hard foodie and I have been lucky enough to eat in some of the best restaurants all over the world. When I think back over all of those experience I always come back to the meals I have had at Per Se and how they always top that list. The food is a high wire act of the best product available that is executed with exacting precision. The service is beyond attentive and the word 'no' doesn't exist. After your 3 1/2 hour meal they will even give you a full tour of the kitchen if you ask.
I am so lucky: I have eaten at Per Se and the French Laundry. The food is unbelievable at both places. What makes Thomas Keller's restaurants so wonderful is how the staff makes you feel: You Are The Most Important Thing While You Are There and Your Experience Is Their Only Concern. Dining at either of Keller's restaurants is living like ROYALTY. What LUXURY.