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Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Jenise » Wed Aug 07, 2013 7:06 pm

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Ray's & Stark Bar, the Patina Group's restaurant and bar located at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will be adding a 20-item Water Menu to its beverage list next week. Eater LA reports that Ray's & Stark GM and water sommelier Martin Riese created the list which includes waters from ten different countries including Spain, France, Germany, and Canada. The bottles range in size from .75 - 1 liter, and are priced from $8 - $16. The most expensive bottle is Riese's own California-made water 9OH2O. Eater LA had previously reported that 9OH2O retails for $14 per bottle because it's made "in limited editions of 10,000 individually numbered glass bottles."

According to a press release, waters on "LA's most extensive Water Menu" will be for sale by the bottle and also as part of a $12 water tasting menu. Riese is quoted in the press release saying: "We are already accustomed to pairing food with wine or beer, but many people don't know that water is just as important to the entire dining experience." The menu is a booklet that features descriptions of each water varietal, including information on origin, mineral content, and tasting notes.
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Lou Kessler » Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:21 pm

I guess I'm never going to make it as being really cool. If the local water tastes allright pop in an ice cube or two and I'll get by. Now real money for wine is a different story.
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by Steve Edmunds » Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:07 am

you could die of thirst reading a list like that
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Oliver McCrum » Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:24 am

Maybe the origin of the word 'varietal' has really been lost entirely.
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Mike_F » Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:53 am

"20 item" water menu on 45 pages - do they devote 2+ pages to each water bottle???
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Jenise » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:41 am

Mike_F wrote:"20 item" water menu on 45 pages - do they devote 2+ pages to each water bottle???


Maybe they include large photos for the illiterate. :)
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Jenise » Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:42 am

Oliver McCrum wrote:Maybe the origin of the word 'varietal' has really been lost entirely.


Wasn't that hilarious?
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by ChaimShraga » Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:46 pm

I'm salivating.
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Thomas » Thu Aug 08, 2013 1:51 pm

"We are already accustomed to pairing food with wine or beer, but many people don't know that water is just as important to the entire dining experience."

Now that IS spin of the highest order.
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Lou Kessler » Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:21 pm

Thomas wrote:[i]"We are already accustomed to pairing food with wine or beer, but many people don't know that water is just as important to the entire dining experience." [/i

Now that IS spin of the highest order.

Don't get carried away Thomas, it's pure unadulterated BS. :roll:
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Matt Richman » Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:49 pm

I wonder if they allow cappage.
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Oliver McCrum » Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:53 pm

Jenise wrote:
Oliver McCrum wrote:Maybe the origin of the word 'varietal' has really been lost entirely.


Wasn't that hilarious?


Pretty much.

Reading between the lines, what they're really saying is 'the margins on water are excellent, and if we sell each table a $10 bottle of water, think how much our gross will increase!'
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Steve Edmunds » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:00 pm

truly gross
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Thomas » Thu Aug 08, 2013 3:07 pm

Soon, the restaurant's tap water faucet will be "out of order."
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by Jon Peterson » Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:20 pm

"water sommelier"? Please! I can't help but wonder what a Master Sommelier of Wine would think of this.
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Charles Weiss » Thu Aug 08, 2013 6:48 pm

i almost lost MY water laughing at this.

But then I realized that there are a lot of folks out there who think that a big wine list is just as ridiculous, so who am I to judge?...but I will.

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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Brian Gilp » Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:21 pm

http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurants/133/menus/Rays-Tasting-Water-menu.pdf

It does not look so ridiculous to me. The prices are crazy but I have tried many of the waters on the menu and sure notice a difference between them. Never seem the FERRAREllE in my market but am on the look out for it now.
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Oliver McCrum » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:36 pm

I think there are obvious differences between waters, and some taste (to me) much better than others. I still think more than one still and one sparkling is silly.
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Mark S » Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:08 pm

You people laugh (and it is rather silly), but for the millions of people around the world who do not have access to drinking water, water truly is a luxury good. Give enough time (with uses for hydrofracking, coal, mining, industry, agricultural contamination, etc.), you sense that menus like these might be more commonplace in the not too distant future.
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Jenise » Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:24 pm

Mark, that there are millions of people around the world who don't have access to plentiful or clean drinking water is exactly why a 45 page water menu IS so "silly"!
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Re: Restaurant has 45 page water menu

by Otto » Sat Aug 10, 2013 4:05 pm

You've all seen the Penn&Teller Bullshit episode on bottled water? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHx6BX3HZJc
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