Having read good reviews (though the latest on this site seems to be from 2009), I was excited to visit Market & had high expectations for the place.
I ordered the tuna tartar to start, the braised short ribs for my entree and an ovaltine kulfi with caramelized banana and milk chocolate sauce for dessert.
The tuna tartar was alright, but It did not wow me. It came in a bowl formed with the classic ring mold sitting on a 1mm thick mash of avocado. It could have been better presented. The flavours were very asian inspired and fresh, but I couldn't take more than a few bites because the anise flavour was too overpowering and, quite frankly, the dish got boring after the first bite. It did not have a suitable garnish and it was clear that the chef did not have texture in mind when creating this dish.
My dinner guest ordered the fois gras, which she complained was way over-salted. She had to actually scrape the sauce off of the fois gras for it to be edible.
Next came the short ribs. I had to send it back after the first bite because, while the short rib itself tasted "ok", the sauce covering the ribs made it completely in-edible. It was so salty that it gave me that bitter after-taste that you often get with over-salted food. It really makes me wonder if the chef even tasted the food before it went out. The server agreed to replace it with the ling cod served with rice, which was wonderfully cooked, but again, nothing special. The portion of the ling cod though, was about half the size of my palm, while the portion of the rice was about the size of a large fist. I suppose they had to fill you up somehow.
The dessert was nothing to write home about. The ovaltine kulfi was lacking in malty flavour, though the texture was nice. The only thing I finished on the plate was a small slice of banana with caramelized sugar on top.
The server was quiet, reserved, and not very sociable. He seemed confused and unorganized when it came time to order.
However, if ambiance is what you care for, this is the place for you. Wonderful fireplaces, candlelight and decor.
The bill for 9 people ended up being over $1,000. Cocktails ranged in price from $14 - $20 per drink [1oz, i believe]. My dinner guest had a beef tenderloin priced at $38, which I thought was a little overpriced for what it was.
I definitely will not be visiting Market again, anytime soon. At least not until I hear of a chef change.