When seated immediately on First Friday you think to yourself that this is the start to something good. Not so quick. It took nearly 15 minutes for a server to show up, and that was only after asking the hostess if there were was a server for our area. Now sometimes bad service results from ..... well, incompetent servers. In this case, it seemed like our hostess and ultimately our server were nicely competent. I suspect there is a management problem here.
Let's start with some good news - their Happy hour runs until 7:00 on Friday nights. I enjoyed having nice options of small plates, appetizers and microbrews. Wife and daughter ordered sweet potato fries and a couple of rolls while I ordered mussels and 1/2 of a "chicken" that sounded like an Asian fusion version of grilled chicken. The sweet potato fries showed up in short order and were okay. A few minutes later the 1/2 grilled "chicken showed up; it turned out to be 1/2 of a Cornish game hen (read small, which was actually okay with me) accompanied by two bowls of dipping sauces and white rice. One sauce was a thickened, very sweet liquid with plenty of capsaicin while the other was a fish sauce based liquid. Both were okay, but I would say they were more different than good. I ordered this dish hoping that an Asian fusion version of chicken .... lemongrass, ginger, etc. whatever .... would somehow magically come together to provide some new taste experience. The "chicken" was good - it tasted like ... chicken. No melding of flavors here. So dipping chicken in different sauces was different, but no magic here.
When I had finished my chicken entree, the rolls and mussels showed up at our table. Interesting timing. My daughter really like her California roll. On the other hand, my wife promptly announced that she could not eat her spicy tuna roll ... too spicy. Now I like spicy food so I tried it out. My take on it was that it was a whole lot of Sriracha with a little bit of tuna in a roll of rice. I didn't use any ginger or wasabi, but I don't think I would have tasted either. The tuna was glowing red spicy; we're not talking balance here, or even good. On a positive note, I only ordered two mussels, and there were absolutely delicious.
To summarize, some of the food is really good and some of it needs to go back to the drawing board. The service, on the other hand, needs help to just be there and to get food to the table at the right time.
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