We ate at the "Dining Room at Salish Lodge & Spa" 2-3 years back. My, have things changed since then---except for the price.
The chef, for one.
The previous, older experience was haute cuisine at its best, down to excellent, discreet service. Now, the "Dining Room at Salish Lodge" offers poor cuisine and even worse service. Coho around the corner is solid by comparison.
The house salad consisted only of one type of lettuce--in places soggy--and tomatoes. No microgreens. The 1-2 tiny cherry tomatoes therein were mushy too-- made more so because they were … halved.
The side-dishes were bathed in oil, vegetables overcooked. On the other hand, potatoes served with the tenderloin and rib were close to raw. When we alerted the waitress to the last fact, she quipped, “Look at how many people the chef serves? What do you expect?”
Although perfectly sweet, the waitress was untrained and unprofessional, constantly butting in, rather than keeping a distance during heated conversations at our table. At one point, she even listened in and offered commentary on the discussion.
In a restaurant with these pretensions, the waiter is supposed to avoid encroaching on the party’s conversation. There was some spilling. The desserts were poor in taste and in presentation. The coffee was diner-quality java.
Both my husband and I felt sick all the way home. Must have been the amount of oil slathered on the side-dishes and the slimy, pickled artichokes.
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