Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Like Serendipity for Chocolate

Serendipity 3, that high- end restaurant in the Upper East Side of Manhattan famous (?) for its extravagant and expensive desserts that could make even the most impatient New Yorker to toe the line, I mean to queue for hours for the chance to have a seat in its luxurious chairs and a chance to taste its world- famous desserts was ordered closed by the health authorities until they can literally clean up their act and place to satisfy its stringent guidelines.


Yes folks, this is the same restaurant that offers a $1,000 sundae named Golden Opulence that requires a 48- hour advance notice from patrons and also the world record holder in Dessert-land as far as the people in Guinness (yup, not the beer) are concerned with its $25, 000 Frrrozen Haute Chocolate that has edible gold, top- grade cocoa and shavings of a luxury truffle among its “secret” ingredients.

But it seems that the secret is out with regards to the restaurant’s mouth-watering chocolate desserts. Some of the tightly guarded “secret ingredients” are not so secret anymore if the New York City Health Inspectors are to be believed.

Here‘s why from USA Today on its November 15th issue...


Officials closed the restaurant Wednesday night after it failed its second inspection in a month. An inspector spotted a live mouse and mouse droppings, fruit flies, house flies and more than 100 live cockroaches.

"Both inspections revealed rodent and fly infestation and conditions conducive to pest infestation, including stagnant water in the basement," the department said.



So, this news makes sense to me now why their concoctions were so expensive, after all, not every restaurant can boast of this one-of-a-kind dining experience.

I could only imagine…

Chocolates anyone?

8 comments:

salve said...

karma siguro yun for overpricing. i really don't understand the americans, masyadong mahilig sumunod sa uso. ayad tuloy...

Gina said...

Who would have thought ano? This reminded me of the movie 'Rattatouille' (not sure of the spelling now).

mitsuru said...

salve,

new yorkers are like that being in the fashion capital of the world, they want to be seen with the in-crowd. :)

gina,

my uncle who works in manhattan once told me that rats & roaches are a big problem in the big apple.

but i guess, big cities have the same in terms of sanitation. hehe

raqueLLe said...

Fujiya, a very popular and a billion yen worth business here in japan closed because it was reported that one employee used a 1 day expired milk to make cream puffs. not one was reported sick because of this incident. i could just imagine if they found rats!

Leah said...

Eww!!! that is really bad for business. They should have been more diligent with cleanliness especially with a high-end resto like that.

Too bad...

mitsuru said...

raqx,

what can i say? lol

leah,

all i can say is--rats! :)

Steffi said...

YUCK! gina was right. that's deserved karma. i thought the $1000 dessert was over the top. but $25000!!?? why pay that much to eat somewhere with roaches?

mitsuru said...

steffi,

yeah, yuck is the most appropriate word:) haha

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