My boyfriend brought me here for my birthday after telling me how wonderful it was.
I was underwhelmed. There were things about this establishment that were amazing, though more that were not so. This is a place to go if you are young, able bodied and rich with no understanding of what good food really is.
We got the cheapest thing on the menu (and drank water, only) and it still cost my boyfriend more than what we would spend on a week's groceries! I felt guilty eating it. I couldn't enjoy this meal that was very important to him. Every bite, I calculated how much money I was eating. It's a good thing the bread was free!
The service staff were amazing: gracious, attentive and friendly.
The atmosphere was terrible: the dining room was practically empty, with no background noise or music. We heard every obnoxious word from the table across the room from us.
They sat my boyfriend and I at a "special" table that they had pre-set and moved surrounding chairs. I was very impressed to see this kind of preparedness and was expecting it the whole way through. I counted my chickens.
They sat us at a huge table, and insisted that my boyfriend sit across from me. We practically had to scream at one another to talk. In the end, we decided to just not talk, because it was hard to have any kind of intimate conversation: the kind of vibe you are looking for when you take your girlfriend to an expensive, "romantic" restaurant for her birthday.
I was displeased with the presentation of the food. As someone with difficulty manipulating hands, a separate plate for each item ordered is a nightmare. It is also wasteful. The negative environmental impact of this kind of practice has obviously not been considered.
The food was average tasting. These were dishes I could have easily made at home. Presentation was very sloppy, Plates looked as if they had been thrown together rather than crafted with the care they claim, though I compliment their pastry chef -- the best chocolate cake I have ever had!
I waited until the very last minute before going to the washroom. The doors were too heavy to open independently (with no door opener). Though certainly beautiful, the bathroom is very poorly laid out. There is barely enough space to pass by the sinks to get to the row of toilet stalls. The "wheelchair accessible" stall was a conventional stall at the end of the row with a grab bar mounted to the wall. You must be able to get out of your wheelchair and walk a few steps to get to this toilet, if you can maneuver yourself onto the toilet after closing an inward-opening stall door. Leaving my wheelchair outside the stall completely blocked the passageway to the door for other customers. Terribly unsafe.
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