To be honest I really don't understand the recession. How can it really be so goshdarn serious, and why can't we just fix it, or make more money, or something of the like. Clearly I know the system doesn't work that way, but I mean to say that the fact that hundreds of thousands of people are losing their jobs is just kinda going over my head. It's hard for me to comprehend without concrete examples and evidence, and so far, I haven't been affected much by it.
The restaurant industry, on the other hand, has. Lacroix has been giving out bargain dinners along with many others. Restaurants' low-profit margins makes it hard to stay afloat. One restaurant however, that I thought would never change it ways, has. Per Se recently adopted an A La Carte menu, and they are accepting walk-ins. Yes, reader, you read that correctly. In the paragraphs below, I will attempt to give my opinion on the matter.
Though I've been to Per Se thrice, I remember my first trip vividly. The place held an aura of sanctity, that I've seen recreated nowhere else in the world. Stepping through the sliding glass doors is like entering Mount Olympus (of all the great places in the world i don't know why I chose Mt. Olympus). Walking through those doors, I could be almost sure that I was one of the lucky few, who had called exactly two months to the date, at exactly 10 o' clock in the morning. And dodging janitors while trying to make a reservation at school? Come on, that's half the fun! I knew that I would be dining for hours on a multi-course feast.
I feel that with the A La Carte menu, that sanctity is gone. Per Se is no longer Mount Olympus. Mere mortals can graze in those sliding glass doors, and casually eat. I bragged about my Per Se reservation tactics, I was an authority almost, having dined there three times. Now those tactics are no longer necessary.
What's more important though, is that I feel this change eliminates much of what Per Se stands for. The restaurants has always been the center for extravagance, the entrance to opulence. Doesn't Per Se's nature lie in memorable, expensive multi-course feasts, that you can only afford once a year, yet the experience lasts the wait, and validates the price, cause it's so goddamn good. Being able to go whenever ruins the experience. It ruins the anticipation for a return visit. When I wrote about Per Se in December, I quoted "I would throw away $298 on a single meal. This would be my third time going, and I am often asked why I am continuously drawn back to Per Se." I've described "why I am continuously drawn back" in the writing above, and with this change, the magnet in my body that lures me to Per Se is growing weaker, it will never die, but its strength is dwindling.
Note: I am completely aware of the fact that this opinion is biased, subjective, selfish, etc, whatever you wanna say. I'm 16 years old. I don't have to pay taxes, or keep up a family. I'm lucky in that I have spare money and not much to spend it on. I understand that this is not that case for many, and that for them, this a la carte menu will be a dream come true. From my perspective however, this goes against the restaurant's concept, and it has taken away the "specialness" of a Per Se visit.