Hmmm...what do I start with? It was New Year's Eve and there was a set menu for $159/person. The first course was lobster bisque or another soup. We both had the bisque and it was very tasty. The second course was a green salad, golden beets, and a mini cheese souffle (no other choice) which was also flavourful. The third course was a palate cleanser of sorbet. The fourth course was a choice of sable fish and half a (small) lobster tail, a beef rib Wellington style and a tenderloin steak, or a duck dish consisting of a breast and a confit leg. I had the fish and lobster which came with a bit of truffle oil risotto which was slightly undercooked but tasty. The sable fish and lobster were quite good. My partner had the beef course which was also good. We saw the duck at other tables and it appeared to also be of the same caliber. The final course was a dessert plate with several types of chocolate desserts. The dark chocolate dessert was heavenly and the highlight of the meal (and I am not a dessert person!) and the other items on the dessert plate were nearly as good. My complaint about the dessert would have to be that it was simply too much food for a dessert course; it could have easily been half the size. I would have preferred to have seen another course or perhaps the other half of the lobster tail! All said, a very tasty meal but rather expensive when you consider that it was over $500 for two people once you add in a bottle of wine, tax and a modest tip.
With regard to the service, our waiter was friendly and professional until a table of Russian (tourists?) we're seated nearby and then the service level dropped significantly. I have never seen a table monopolize the restaurant staff in such a way before. First, they spent about fifteen or twenty minutes letting one of them wander through the restaurant to select a table (the whole while, he complained loudly about why this or that table just couldn't possibly work for them). Then, the same man spent close to half an hour grilling the poor waiter over the wine list (and asking to taste various wines) It was probably a good hour or more before that table ordered their meal. In the meanwhile, our wine and water glasses sat empty for nearly thirty minutes and we just sat there with empty plates waiting for someone to take our coffee or after dinner drink order (and to bring our dessert). In the end, we didn't have coffee or drinks with our dessert as our meal had lost its momentum and we felt that it was time to leave. I wouldn't be surprised if that man at the neighboring table sent back at least one course of his meal .
We also noticed that all the other tables seemed to have received party hats, noisemakers, etc. The only festive addition to our table was a sprinkling of some stars and sparkles on the table cloth. Not that we needed party favors but it would have been nice to have been offered them.
All in all, we can't fault the food as it was good but I don't believe that it hit the price point that it was being sold at, and, unfortunately, our service was severely affected by a nearby demanding table which monopolized the poor waiter's time.
Would we go back? Hard to say. We will have to sleep on that for a few days.
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