What an incredibly disappointing evening. Let me start off with... vegetarians beware... big time beware! And vegans don't even bother.
We dined at Sidney this past weekend - we were so much looking forward to a fantastic dinner out. We started with a bottle of wine for the table. I was aware in advance that there aren't many vegetarian options, however as it turned out there were absolutely NO vegetarian options, including the daily soup. The server had to check with the chef to see if they could do a vegetable plate for me which they did. She went on to tell me how confusing it was because sometimes people say they're vegetarians but they eat fish. When she told the chef I don't eat meat or seafood he told her I wasn't vegetarian, I was vegan. So this probably should have all been my first clue... a fine dining establishment and they don't know vegetarian from vegan.
Moving on... the server asked if I wanted a starter and I again indicated there were no vegetarian options on the menu. She offered to make a chopped salad (not on the menu) so I agreed. My husband also ordered the chopped salad as a starter and the strip steak, and our friends both ordered the clams, chopped salad, and one had the salmon and the other had the pork.
I should say at this point that the freshly made bread (white bread, cornbread, and olive/cheese bread) are all absolutely fantastic. You really could probably make a meal of just the bread and the wine.
Speaking of wine - we proceeded to order another bottle.
The clams and salads all arrived, the chopped salad was good - honestly the best part of it was the Maytag blue cheese. The recommended vinaigrette dressing was fine, but nothing special.
One to the main course...
The vegetable plate left MUCH to be desired. I very rarely add salt or pepper to a meal once it's been served (exception being things like scrambled eggs), but unfortunately the vegetables lacked seasoning - I'm not sure they were seasoned at all and therefore adding salt and pepper was necessary. The plate consisted of two half florets of cauliflower, two florets of broccoli rabe, white rice pilaf, diced carrots and lima beans, and was centered by two halves of fennel. The cauliflower was more than al dente... I will acknowledge that being closer to raw is certainly better than being overdone. I enjoy fennel in dishes such as soups, but unfortunately it is not ideal as the featured vegetable on the plate. As I said that night, it was fine, nothing special, and I'm sure not worth whatever they would charge for it.
My husband ordered his steak medium rare but half of it was done medium, another friend ordered salmon and it came out medium rare and had to go back for further cooking. The pork was also more underdone than our friend would have liked.
This all being said - one did still order dessert, as well as a glass of port, and one ordered another glass of wine.
Checks were brought and surprisingly the vegetable plate at $26 was more expensive than the strip steak at $24. There also was a $2 misc retail charge on our bill. As previously stated, I knew the vegetable plate was going to be more than it was worth, but I was very shocked to see that it was $26... especially considering all the meat and seafood dishes on the menu are under $30 (with the exception of one chicken dish). I asked the server about the $2 misc charge... she tells me that the chef told her to add $2 because $26 wasn't enough for the vegetable plate. So the unseasoned, not very good vegetable plate is actually $28. Had the meal been fantastic, and had all the other meat and seafood meals been over $30, I could have understood this. But really?
I, very politely, told the server that they may want to take into consideration for the future the fact that they are charging more for the vegetable plate than most of their meat and seafood dishes. She insisted on getting the general manager, despite my pleading not to... I wasn't looking to make a scene, really just trying to provide constructive feedback. The manager proceeded to vehemently tell me that they are NOT a vegetarian restaurant and that others have loved their vegetable plate. Wow - shame me for being a vegetarian. She was flat out disrespectful and insulting to me. I once again politely indicated I wasn't trying to be a problem and had just wanted to offer these comments for future consideration. She says to the server - "just take the $2 misc charge off her bill". She completely missed the point... I didn't care about the $2 in particular. She stormed off while the server apologized. The server later returned and said she's taken the entire meal off. We again refuse indicating we are fine paying the full bill, and were just trying to offer feedback. She insisted, which ultimately was very kind, but does not change the fact that we WILL NOT be going back to Sidney. Not great food, horrible treatment by the GM, and all this for a 3-figure meal. I don't think so.
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