My wife and I went to Orchids for our 32 year anniversary. The setting is grand and you get neck strain looking at the 1920/30's ornate furnishings. The tables are separated by a greater distance than average...so you don't feel like you are right on top of the neighbors. Gives a greater sense of privacy. The wait staff to diner ratio is very high. At least five individuals attended us in a very choreographed team. Some times it did seem a bit contrived but most of the time it seemed very natural to be attended to in this manner in such a grand setting. The food was fair to excellent but in my opinion suffered from an overemphasis of innovation over taste. The mix of ingredients seemed like a "Chopped" basket! My lobster salad was fantastic, the pea soup good and the duck fat roasted salmon was fair. The duck fat gave the salmon a old bacon grease flavor that was unpleasant. My wife's squash blossom and grits was very delicious. But her chicken entree was a little tough. So would be go back...probably. Would we recommend it to friends? As an experience ...yes...but you have to have an adventurous palate. I did not think the prices to be that outrageous.
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