Upon checking into the Westin, we decided to dine in rather than forage out onto the streets to find a dining alternative on a Sunday evening. As we noted in our hotel review, the owners of the building did a wonderful job preserving the original banking hall. The cavernous space is spectacular for both its art deco and mid-century modern elements that pays homage to the famers and industrial labors of that built this city.
We found the bar fairly dark and when deciding to take a look at the menu we found the lighting level somewhat problematic and had to use the light from our cell phone to see the menu.
Maybe it was the fact the labor was scaled back on a Sunday night; but, the menu we were given at the bar basically addressed minimal dining offerings. The young barkeep did not exactly exhibit the most warming welcome or personality. Nor did he have much expertise in the selling or service of wine.
The actual menus we were presented was rather flimsy paper and stained. The choices for both food and wine were basic and limited. We were impressed by the fairness of the prices listed which is not typical to what many hotels charge for dining-in. Perhaps that may be somewhat attributable to the "cost conscious" spending habits of the local dining scene?
Our meal was flavorful and satisfying and good value for the money. However, we seated our selves after other people who had previously ordered and their food arrived after we were given ours. This suggested to us there was some issue with either staffing or preparedness in the kitchen, especially when the meal delivered consisted of fish.
For all the focus decoratively placed on wine surrounding this restaurant and having a bank vault dedicated to storing wine, the wine list was rather minimal, at best.
Something tells us our dining experience might have been an anomaly because of dining on a Sunday evening and, both sadly and hopefully, we want to believe this was the case. We will try again before passing a more solid judgment on this dining experience. Here dining should be as majestic as it setting.
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