This is my fifth visit here so clearly I did enjoy its food. This evening, which was shared with a friends was not a good experience due to the slow and inept service and some of the food choices. The waiter was totally clueless about the menu, couldn't not answer any questions and could not even hold the wine properly for pouring. Water glasses remained empty for so long that I was tempted to fill it myself. The waitress who took our order warned us there would be a 35 minute wait for our mains but alas this turned out to be 70 minutes. Wine, as always, is very good and if you order from the suggested wines on the menu, reasonably priced. The charcuterie plate we shared as a way of avoiding starvation was reasonable but served only with a handful of conichons so there was nothing to distract from the fattiness of some of the meats and pates - the Italian salami was a particularly a poor choice. The bread was generous and lovely. When the mains did arrive, we were given the wrong steaks, which we swapped. A new innovation at this once-favoured bistro was paying for the sauce to accompany steaks which puts the total price of a humble steak to over $40. The lamb, enjoyed by a friend was pronounced excellent but there was little to accompany it apart from some greens and a spoonful of pea puree. Both scotch fillets were cooked well (one medium the other rare) and were of a good quality. The French fries that we ordered especially were, however, diabolical - over-salted, soggy and a ghastly shade of brown. Won't be returning.
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