We went here for the first time with some out-of-town friends on a summer Saturday. I called ahead because members of our party of five have some sensory issues with loud, clatter-y restaurants and having never been here I wanted to get a sense of whether it was appropriate. The woman answering the phone was very warm, very nice, and assured me that it was a small restaurant and there would be no trouble hearing conversation over the table.
She was right about the size but wrong about the noise. When we were seated at 6:30 after the minimal wait we were promised, things were not too bad but about 20 minutes later the music got cranked up, and as the place filled (half of it is a bar) the noise level was such that the people in our party next to or across from each other had difficulty hearing each other, and those at the diagonal end of the tables, forget it.
This might have been offset by great service or food but unfortunately we got neither. The server was very indifferent and had a "whatever" kind of attitude. Strangely, there were pieces of colored chalk on the banquette seating as we went to sit down, luckily nobody sat on one. Also were some pieces on the table. Even though this was pointed out to the server we needed to remove them ourselves--still not sure why they were there.
Our party of 5 ordered a variety of dishes; including appetizer, soups and main dishes. The gazpacho and fish bisque were good; the smashed red bliss potatoes very good; and the green beans were perfectly cooked. Otherwise, the steak sandwich had a very small piece of flavorless steak; the WIC burger was OK but not the BBQ sauce; the artichoke souffle a disappointment. My daughter ordered the fish and chips, which we were told had two substantial size fish fillets. It turned out that there were two sticks of tasteless tilapia encased in a very brown underseasoned breading with some scorch marks. Either the fish was fried for too long or the oil seriously needed to be changed.
Similarly, my Montre Chicken, advertised as "pan-fried" which to me conjured up an image of a plump & juicy piece of chicken with the described 'red wine lemon caper demi'. The chicken came back looking like the fish--a heavy coating fried to a very stiff dark brown with charred edges--again, too long in the pan or dirty oil. The worst part was that the breading was thicker than the chicken! I hate that....It had a few pieces of scallions and capers thrown on top. The sauce was eh.
At the end of the meal we were asked about desserts--"there's only one--hot fudge sundae".
Bill came to $110.
It was kind of embarrassing to bring company to this place, and I would not return.
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