Ok. So let's break this review into two separate parts; food and drink.
I had read some of the previous reviews concerning the food coming from the kitchen of the Speakeasy. I will admit I was apprehensive, and to my relief, I found the negative reviews to be mistaken. I enjoyed my prime rib, correctly cooked to medium rare, and served with whipped potatoes and green beans. My girlfriend also enjoyed her fish, cooked perfectly and served with asparagus and wild rice. Paired with a $10 bottle of, so-so red wine, it made for a nice dinner at a reasonable price. Our waiter was prompt, polite and attentive. In all, the dining experience was enjoyable.
I am not, nor do I pretend to be a pretentious liquor snob. I am just as likely to drink a Miller Lite during a sports game, while at the same time I enjoy a well made and proper cocktail while dining out. With this in mind, I was slight surprised when a bar that fashions itself after an era where drinks were made properly and with the correct ingredients.
Now granted, I did not expect Speakeasy to be a mecca for mixology, however I do expect that a bartender know that a Manhattan should be made with rye (which they had on hand), served neat and not drowned in both vermouth and ice. When it comes to the classics, presentation and proportion count almost as much as the ingredients. And why mess with the classics?! A drink menu featuring a "new" old fashioned? The ingredients immediately screamed an overly sweet, sickly concoction.
Bottom line, had just a minute of extra time been spent to property prepare a drink, a proper drink, in the correct fashion, this place would have not only received a higher review, but also made the entire stay at the Mimslyn Inn a top-notch event.
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