“Great Potential-Would go back again. Maybe.”
Dined here within the past week and our experience was interesting. We left with a good appreciation for what they are trying to do with this little corner-side cafe and feel that they have great potential. Seared Tuna appetizer was very nice both in taste and presentation. I had to laugh at the liter size bottle of Pellegrino our server brought me. In addition to my wine, I don't think I could polish off that gigantic bottle of water without floating away. It was just kind of funny. At any rate, we were presented with warm hand towels (twice) and a welcome appetizer, which was fun. The staff was very pleasant and attentive. The surf and turf entree was smothered in giant stalks of broccoli. Beautiful fresh broccoli, but serious a serious forestry of vegetables. One could never, ever eat a family size serving of broccoli in one sitting. The surf was just two pieces of shrimp.The entree was good, however not cooked the way it was requested. We generally don't like to complain, so we didn't. The other entree we were excited about-homemade pasta! After all, this is an Italian Fusion dining experience! I was salivating for it. What I received looked like yesterday's lasagna. Not kidding. It was a cube, that didn't look (or taste) like it was just made and it was dripping with truffle oil. I wasn't able to eat my way through it. Oh well, onto dessert. We ordered the chocolate pie and a rum baba. The rum dessert looked neat and was thoroughly soaked in alcohol. Not much to complain about that if you like rum. As for the chocolate pie, it was cold and tasted like yesterday's cold, out of the refrigerator leftover pie. No kudos there. Overall, we were still having a good time trying this new place out and appreciating all of their attempts at a fine dining experience. Meanwhile, you can hear loudness from the kitchen (nothing fine about that) and we were told that another room they have on premise was going to be used for parties, such a birthdays and bachelorettes. Huh? I didn't get that one in the mix of what they were trying to do. Lastly, to pay your bill they put their iPad tablet in your face and have you read it and sign it while they wait. It might be convenient for them, however it's very very tacky. One would never ever expect anything like that in a truly fine restaurant. Again our service was very good, however if I had to make any constructive remarks about that I would suggest they just stick to the restaurant and not so much chatter about anything else, personal stories, etc. Overall, we are glad we gave this place a try and may come back for another visit if we have a chance and since it's so close to us, but with so many other restaurants in town, it's hard to say for sure. Our recent dining experience at Pistache on Clematis was about the same price point, perhaps less and the dining was of a higher caliber and almost as close to home as this place. Time will tell if these folks make it, but I hope that they do. The potential is definitely there.
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January 23, 2013
We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused you. When we first opened, our Chef at that time came out with a menu and pricing that was, which we discovered, a little high for this area. We have now changed Chefs, listened to our customers and tweeked our menu so that now, the area residents can enjoy Quality Food and Reasonable prices. At the time you were here, we were going through a change in Chef's. and again, we apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused you. Thank you for being understanding and we hope you will try us again.
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