As is tradition at Eater, we close the year with a survey of food critics, writers, and bloggers. This year we posed eight questions, from meal of the year, to top restaurant newcomers. All will be answered by the time we turn off the lights at the end of 2014. Responses have been cut, pasted, and unedited, for the most part. Readers, please do add your survey answers in the comments.
Q: What was the biggest restaurant grievance of 2014?
Lesley Chesterman, The Gazette fine dining critic:
No grievances but a little sadness that no restaurant earned a four-star rating this year (or probably any time soon).
Ève Dumas, La Presse food writer:
Too many high concept restaurants with no soul.
Andrée Harvey, ex-Voir food critic:
Une musique tonitruante qui nous force à crier et nous empêche d'entendre ce que dit notre vis-à-vis; des serveurs et serveuses trop familiers qui, pour être cool, nous touchent (l'épaule, le bras, le dos) ou nous appellent "ma chère" ou "mon cher".
Marie-Claude Lortie, La Presse restaurant critic:
I think restaurants are often too noisy, I think prices are often too high for what we get, I think too many young chefs try to be restaurateurs too early in their career and they don't have enough experience and technique.
Gildas Meneu, Voir food critic, creator of le gourmet galopin blog:
Des assiettes trop occupées, aux multiples ingrédients. On s'y perd. "Too Many Notes", comme dit un jour l'empereur Joseph II à Mozart...
Sarah Musgrave, The Gazette casual dining critic, enRoute magazine editor:
"What we do is medium-sized plates." I can't even.