EMP was pretty disappointing. The only thing that saved it from being a total waste of time and money was the $95 white truffle supplement. I'd heard so much about the friendliness of the staff at EMP but I didn't't feel like it came naturally, it felt very forced. The staff at per se could not have seemed more genuinely friendly. The menu approach at EMP is interesting, but they don't talk to you enough about your likes and dislikes to get away with not telling you how things are prepared. They even essentially stated that they don't want to tell you how things are prepared because they think they can decide how you would like things better than you can. This seems pretty arrogant. In contrast, at per se, they almost seem excited when you ask them to come up with substitutions. As mentioned above, the white truffle dish was the saving grace of the meal. They gave me a choice between a classic or modern presentation and I chose classic, which was a simple risotto with a mound of shaved white truffles. I've never had white truffles before and this was the right way to experience them for the first time. At this point I'm worn out with trying to type this description on my tablet, so I'll leave it as is for now.