Yesterday Sarah Reiss posted a First Take Review of Sutra, Vijay Sadu’s new contemporary Indian food spot in Plano. Last night I received an email from a colleague in the food writing business. The note reads:
It would seem that if the first outing so soon after opening was that bad, someone would have the grace to give him a chance to get things together…It seems really out of line for a publication of D’s reputation to do such a hatchet job two weeks after a place opens, no matter what the web demands.
First, a short explanation. First Take is a segment Sarah writes for our website, not SideDish or D Magazine. A First Take review is different from a D Magazine review where we go back several times over the course of how ever long it takes to get a feel for what is going on in the new restaurant. Today the review rotated to the SideDish site.
If you are a regular reader of SideDish, you know that we have written many posts about Sutra. Andrew Chalk reported on a friends and family dinner, a preview a week before it opened, and he was the first to announce opening night (Feb.15).
A week later I noticed mixed reviews from followers on the SideDish Twitter feed (DSideDish).
Let’s get to the point: Has the web changed the rules on a publication’s web or blog pages? Are blog reviews replacing magazine or newspaper reviews? If people are walking into restaurants and announcing they are Yelper’s or Foodie’s and demanding extras, I think we can say the axis has made a dangerous shift.
Put in your ear plugs, put on your eyeshades, and let’s decide where to put the cork. Discuss.