Went in for lunch two weeks before Christmas and from the lackluster greeting at the front door to the presentation of the bill, the whole experience was dreary. We ordered a calamari with a Caesar salad and a bruschetta to follow. The server asked me disbelievingly ":you want a bruschetta to follow the calamari?", as though I had asked for my bruschetta to be deep-fried or something.
The calamari arrived minus most of the flour coating which lay scattered around the plate.. No marinade detected, no seasoning in the coating, result is a tasteless dish.The bruschetta arrived as a bowl of chopped tomato basil and garlic surrounded by dry slices of toast...no garlic rub, nothing. The bruschetta mix was not seasoned at all and after a few attempts at eating chopped tomato on dry, tasteless white toast, I just gave up. The Caesar salad I'm told was fine, but then you can't really mess up a salad. The presentation of the salad looked good also.
The server removed our uneaten calamari and my uneaten bruschetta without any comment or inquiry. The bill was presented and, quite against the new regulations on credit card transactions, my credit card was taken somewhere else in the restaurant and swiped at a remote machine.
As we left, the two cooks standing in the exposed cooking area simply watched us as we walked by....no goodbye, no thank you. A fitting end to a poor, poor experience.
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