When Felix Salmon and Michelle Vaughan wrote about their evening at Chez Panisse the other week, it provoked a flood of comments (78 at the last count). One of the things that raised some eyebrows was the cost of the meal. How do you end up spending $350 for two on a prix fixe dinner that costs $75.

Well, all can now be revealed. First, Felix admits some sloppy recollection. The total came to $321, not $350. The Slovenian pinot, which brought out some very erudite comments, was $78. The champagne cocktails before the meal were $11.25 each. Add compulsory 17% service and tax and you reach the grand total.

Lance Knobel

Lance Knobel (co-founder) has been a journalist for nearly 40 years. Much of his career was in business journalism. He was editor-in-chief of both Management Today, the leading business magazine in Britain,...

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  1. Oh, puleeeeze… “prefix” is on the computerized ticket, fer gods’ sake! If I tweeted about that, I’d feel so embarrassed and humiliated.

    We all must lighten up around this topic…. we gonna look like total losers if we keep it up, all of us!

    BTW, the last time I ate I Chez, I loved loved loved loved it. And the spouse and I spent $135 with tax and tip. (yes, it was at the cafay, mais c’etait tres tres merveilleux.) And the last time we did the prix fixe thang, it was yumzuh yumzuh yumzuh, and we had a lovely Languedoc red for under $30. Just sayin’…

  2. Wot no snarky comment on the way in which a restaurant with the word “Chez” in its name spells “prefix”?