Review: The Menu


There are some restaurants so exclusive, so expensive and so unique that having even a single meal there is the experience of a lifetime. In this case, an experience that may end your lifetime.

Hawthorne is such a restaurant, located on its own island, accessible only by boat. The restaurant has only one seating each night, with a strictly limited number of diners. Tonight, those diners have been carefully selected, and a unique menu, coordinated to them, has been prepared.


Review: Tantura

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Review: Sam & Kate

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Review: Tiger 24

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Review: My Childhood, My Country

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Recap: 2022 HP Lovecraft Film Festival

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Review: Tubular Bells: 50th Anniversary

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