His thoughts: He ordered the five-course prix fixe and loved every course. He thought the food was great, the sauces in particular, and at $65, his meal was a lot of food and a very good value. He got five courses for what I paid for four, ala carte, and he got a LOT more food than I did. He got a 4 oz filet as part of his and a piece of salmon that had to be close to that size, and a scallop slightly larger than a golf ball.
My thoughts: I ordered ala carte. I got the gnocchi, which was unremarkable - the flavor of the sauce was not at all varied or delicate, and the gnocchi was overcooked and mushy. In my experience, good gnocchi is just a little chewy - I've had it in the North End of Boston, so this really didn't measure up. The caprese salad was good, but should have had more than just two tiny balls of mozzarella, as you run out before you are done with tomatoes, and let me tell you, I surgically sliced each one of those tiny balls into four pieces. And I still ran out. The quail entree was, well... it was $38 and I got six pieces of quail about as big around as a poker chip, and the thickness of about two quarters stacked. I also discovered that I do not like morels, but even if I did, these had grit in every bite. I understand that mushrooms are commonly cleaned with sand, which might have been the case in this instance? The dollop of grits the quail was served on were flavorless. All this said, dessert saved the day. The strawberry shortcake with chantilly cream was excellent, though I do think I would like it better if it was served with actual strawberries, and not strawberry preserves, which overpowered the taste of the rest of the dish.
The restaurant was very pretty, with an airy, classic design. The service was fantastic. They had our name on a little placard on the table, and there are nice touches - they bring you napkins to match your pants/skirt (white or black depending) and I noticed the waiter was bringing our wine, but I was on my way to the ladies room, and rather than go ahead and pour while I was away from the table, he waited and came back when I was settled. That was really considerate, I thought. Our waiter was good, but at one point, the table across from us had plates brought by a girl who looked like she might work in the kitchen - nearly dressed, but just wearing a polo shirt with the restaurant's logo. That was a little strange.
But the music in this place is weird. While we were there, it was everything from Motown to Puff the Magic Dragon (seriously). I think they play it to bridge the gap between the al fresco casual dining and those who are going for the more formal experience, but it really needs to be changed, It didn't suit the feel of the place at all. Some acoustic guitar or slow jazz would be a nice choice.
I liked how much room there was. We went to Ruth's Chris not long ago and you're so close to the other tables there that people are practically sitting on your lap. They seated us at a table for four, so there was plenty of room and you didn't feel cramped or harried at all.
But in all, I am in no hurry to go back. I know from experience that you can't expect huge portions or cheap prices at nice restaurants. I read some of the less positive reviews here and figured they were just written by people who didn't understand the concept of quality over quantity. I DO understand that. But that said, this restaurant didn't wow me in either category. My husband said he would give this place 4.5 stars, but for me, it's just a 3. I gave it a 3 because I expect a LOT more from a restaurant that's ranked #5 in the city of Louisville, which has a fantastic culinary scene.
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