Even though we are regular theatre goers, we had never had an opportunity to try Foster's and decided to book it for our 10th wedding anniversary dinner on June 1 2012 before heading next door to the opening night of Pirates of Penzance at the Avon Theatre. When I made the reservation I mentioned the special occasion and asked for a nice quiet table. When I entered while my husband was parking, there was no checking of a reservation book and I was shown to a very plain small wooden table for 2 along a wall. Shortly after we were seated another couple was shown to the table directly across from us and close enough that we could hear their conversation and they could hear ours. Anyway we ordered mussels for a shared appetizer and they were very nice if not terribly warm on arrival. We had heard Foster's was known for their steaks so my husband ordered an 8 oz Manhattan cut sirloin - RARE and I ordered the same but cooked MEDIUM-WELL which according to the grilling guide on the menu should have had a slight pink centre. When my plate came it had my steak, a small scoop of mashed potates and one funny looking beet. The outside of my meat looked very nice, but when I cut into it, it was very red inside not the slight pink advertised. I cut a small piece of the edge and then tried to get the attention of our very pleasant but slightly spacey waitress. When she came over I advised her that my steak was severely undercooked and asked for her to fix it. While I was waiting, I ate my scoop of mashed potatoes and sauce and my husband ate his steak which he was quite happy with. He was finished his meal when my 2nd attempt arrived on the table. Once again looking very nice on the outside, I cut into the meat to find it more rare and bloody than what I sent back the first time!! I had to tell the waitress to take it away as the oozing bloodt was making me feel ill looking at it. When I talked to the floor manager I said the workers I could see in the open concept kitchen looked awfully young and perhaps they weren't up to scratch. In any event when I asked for the bill, the waitress took great pains to apologize and said they had comped the meal. That was all very well but it was definitely not the point to get a free meal. The point was to get a nice dinner for our special occasion and that was sorely lacking. Maybe the kitchen staff were having an off night or maybe the real chef didn't start till later. In any event this is not a restaurant we will ever go back to.
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