Our evening started when we bumped into the maitre d' outside and asked for a glass of wine before we sat down to dinner. He hadn't even opened up yet but he was very obliging and the wine was delicious.
After another glass we finally sat down to dinner and were made to feel very special. The maitre d' was very knowledgeable and the kitchen was very accommodating - allowing for combinations of courses by allow us to substitute certain ingredients for others!
All in all a great night in a great hotel with great company eating great food being served by a great maitre d'!