Our party of 7 was placed in the back room - nice ambience, quiet, though we watched the kitchen door swing open about every 15-20 seconds and the waiter food parades went by our table all evening. Chef Geoff should probably move the table so it's out of the way of the kitchen path. The room had 11 empty tables at about 7:00pm on Thursday evening. The other part of the restaurant seemed full, though. The service was surprising since there seemed to be an over abundance of wait staff -- orders took a very long time; waited probably 15 minutes, maybe more, to have our finished/dirty plates taken away; dessert was about a 20 minute wait...to order. My mother-in-law had a birthday gift voucher that expired the night before. When she showed it to the waitress to explain that she was unable to use the voucher prior to her birthday , the waitress said "Oh?" Mothers-in-law cannot be deterred, as we all know, so the voucher was finally accepted. :)
Now, the food. Salt has to be the Chef's favorite mineral. I chose spaghetti and meatballs for an entree. Probably the most salty meal I've had in a restaurant in 5 years. Our teenage son -- who eats 5 meals a day and is not picky -- said the meatballs tasted funny. I also had the Caesar salad. It was swimming in dressing, and surprise, salty. For dessert, had the peach cobbler, which was served with CORN ICE CREAM. Yes, you read that right. It tasted just like creamed corn. The peach cobbler itself wasn't a cobbler but a cupcake-like crumb cake. Disappointing taste.
Onto the other food. My mother-in-law had the lemon chicken. She asked if I wanted to try a taste. The taste buds are still screaming -- my immediate reaction was that it tasted like a latrine cleaner from my girl scout camp days. She didn't eat much of the chicken and I drank a lot of water to wash it down. She had donuts for dessert, as did many of my dinner companions, and they raved about them. The mussel dinner was ordered my husband said he said they were good, though he said his salad was average, "but the olives were good."
Bottom Line? I don't think anyone is tasting the food that is coming out of the kitchen. (I doubt Chef Geoff was the Chef when we were there.) Before I left, the manager happened by and I gently suggested that the salt shaker be taken away from the chef. The manager was completely by surprised by that. Good lord, man, taste the food!
We will not be returning.
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