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October 23, 2008

Five-star dining: A once-in-a-lifetime treat

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So, depending on what they actually consume, a couple dining at V&A;, after taxes and gratuity, will spend – are you ready? – anywhere from about $310 to well over $1,000. Having happily foregone the caviar and some of the other extras, we got out for around $500.

I know what you’re thinking: It couldn’t be worth it. But I can assure you that, especially if you have some cash to spare or have a generous benefactor, a meal at V&A; is, indeed worth the price. Even if only once-in-a-lifetime, on a silver or golden anniversary. And for comparison’s sake, it’s really not any more costly (and could be considerably less so) than a few hours at a decent spa.

V&A; is not for the kids, unless as a special treat for, say, a magna cum laude graduate. And in any case, children under 10 aren’t allowed inside. (But Disney resorts have baby-sitting services you can employ while you sneak away for a romantic dinner.) This is a reward for a landmark achieved. And you’ll be dressed for the occasion. Ties are required for gentlemen, and evening wear forladies. Reservations are required; you can call up to 180 days out, but if you wait until the last week or so, you’ll won’t likely get in. Besides, they need time to prepare your own menus, which you’ll take home, with a beautiful, long-stemmed rose. (Even traveling back to Oklahoma, mine lasted almost two weeks.)

Upon walking into this restaurant, the first thing you’ll notice is the exquisite decor and gracious staff. V&A; consists of a few small, intimate rooms, each with four or five tables spaced amply. We were seated in a tastefully decorated parlor, where a portrait of the “real” Queen Victoria and her Prince Albert is poised over the mantel.

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