This might not be an accurate reflection of the restaurant as we visited during restaurant week in Newport, so they were particularly busy. I was particularly jet lagged so my appetite and alertness was completely awry, accordingly my memories and recollection seem to be service focussed rather than food.
I recall some delicious braised rib, but I just couldn't summon up the appetite to eat very much of it after the appetisers and starters. I think my wife also gave most of her food to our lucky friend - he didn't get much sleep that night after finishing off the best part of our 3 starters, 3 main courses and a dessert.
There seemed to be a really nice ambience in the restaurant, subdued lighting, nice decor. The service was ok, professional, but no real rapport or conversation from waiting staff. It felt a little bit distant for my personal taste. I was particularly conscious that no-one offered to take my rather large coat as we were seated - it sat akwardly on the back of my chair, a little as though we were just passing through, even though we had a late sitting. This was in contrast to front of house, who were really welcoming when we made the reservation earlier in the day. All the more surprising for a US restaurant, more like a UK restaurant.
I think the meal was reasonable price-wise for the quality of the food. The fixed $30 menu for restaurant week was a bit limited - so we went a la carte.
To get 5 stars, I'd need to go back one day to work out whether it's a run-of-the-mill restaurant with a good kitchen or whether it's a truly top notch restaurant from top to bottom where the demands of restaurant week meant we didn't get to see them put their best foot forward in terms of service.
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