Dinner 16 February 2013
I am not one to complain or even write a disappointing review; however, the entire experience for Toulouse Petit was completely underwhelming.
The service was one of "who cares." The main thing the server pointed out was the items on the menu she did not like. There was very little knowledge of the large menu. For example, we asked if Yellow Eye Snapper was similar to Red Snapper. The server's response that it is "probably in the same family of fish." It turns out it is the exact same fish. A quick Google search explained that.
After choosing some standard fare from the salads and the entree items, we found that the food lacked personality or any sort of uniqueness. The items were described so well on the menu, with care and appeal, and the presentations were quite nice. This only set up us up for a bigger let down. The flavors were basic or even nondescript, and as if we could have prepared the items ourselves at home.
The atmosphere was excitingly eclectic and seemingly intimate. It has the makings for a wonderful experience for a group or a dinner for two; however, they need some serious work on acoustics. Saying it was hard to hear one another from 2 feet away is not an overstatement.
The two of us are extremely forgiving and fairly laid back when it comes to judging service. Even after waiting for quite a while to be greeted, we were still OK. After the general sense of "who cares" kept perpetuating, it was glaringly noticed for the rest of the evening. No one ever asked how we liked the food. No one even refilled the water glasses until we were paying the bill.
Dinner for two included two salads and two entrees. Heading out for a concert, we did not feel like any wine or dessert. The bill still came to $75. In any other situation, I would not even blink at the bill, but given the terribly lack luster service, misleading menu, and extremely disappointing food, the bill only added salt to the wound (perhaps some salt or any other seasoning would have helped the food instead).
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