We made reservations for Rouge to have my birthday dinner there at 6pm on a Tuesday evening.
When we arrived, there were one or two other tables with small groups (3-4 people) in another room/section. The hostess showed my wife and I to the front room area that had 5 tables (four were 4-seaters, and one was a 2-seater). We were sat at the 2-seater by the window, which we thought was quite nice. As no one else was in this section, it was quiet and romantic.
Our server arrived and was very professional and friendly. We asked for mineral water to start. After looking through the food choices, he came back to tell us about the choices. It was off to a good start.
We then mentioned that my wife was pregnant and would not be having any alcohol. We then ordered our food and I ordered a glass of wine.
It wasn't until later that I realized the server did not ask the entire night if my wife wanted anything else to drink.
At about 6:30pm, another couple came to the restaurant. The hostess sat them at the table closest to us! It went to having a quiet intimate dinner to being uncomfortably close to strangers when there was obvious space for them elsewhere. (To note, we didn't leave until 8pm and none of the other identical, but farther away tables, in our section had dining guests). Now, while I have no doubt, we still would have heard each other's conversation if they had been sitting at another table, at least visually we could've had more space.
Our unique experience (or facade of one) was again jilted, as we could clearly overhear the server give the exact dialogue/joke/run-down to the new couple that we had just heard 15 minutes earlier. I realize a restaurant is a business, but if I wanted a verbatim reciting of restaurant's menu and sit right next to a stranger, I'd go to a fast food joint.
It was also at this point, that our server began to slow down his service to us. He seemed to spending more time in the other section with the group tables (bigger tip?). Additionally, my wine glass was empty for one and half courses, before I was asked if I wanted another.
The above issues unfortunately smeared the whole experience, as the food was quite delicious.
We tried the bison tourtiere - heavy, but perfectly so.
A couple of salads that had presentations quite amazing.
My wife had the 'candied' duck, which was very sweet and delicious. While I tried the elk medallions - quite tender and tasty.
As I was quite annoyed at the earlier-mentioned issues, I did not want to stick around for dessert.
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