I made a reservation for brunch online with a note that it was my wife's birthday, Dropped my wife off while I tried to find parking--no valet on weekend days, apparently. My wife called as I drove around telling me that the hostess told her about a nearby garage--she wouldn't seat her until I arrived and threatened to release our table after 15 minutes! BTW, parking is very difficult in the area--and lots of one-way streets that make you go around a four block search in all directions. Grrrr! Nice start! Came in, my wife was like sharing a booth at a small table with a family of six with small children. Got the hostess, found an empty table for two--then shortly after she came back and said a table near us was going to have six people coming, if we wanted to move. Wha? Asked the waiter which of the champagnes was the driest--three selections at $55, one at $85. He couldn't answer the question, came back with the answer--the $85 bottle. Sent him back for the info on the $55 bottles. Double Grrrr. Bottle didn't show up for 10+ minutes, he spilled it and over-poured both glasses--filled my glass before my wife's, but didn't ask me to taste, then back over to me. ??
We ordered the prix fixe brunch--amuse bouche was a warm ball of cake with hot chocolate syrup around it. Very good. My egg souffle thing came lukewarm, runny, in a narrow "boat"-type dish. I sent it back--ten minutes to cook up a new one. No apologies, no "sorry about that, sir" no "we'll take care of this right away, sir"--nada. The waiter threw down some chocolate-covered bacon strips. Was that by way of making amends, or part of the fixed price? Couldn't get the guy to pour any more champagne. Dessert was okay--lots of chocolate, of course. Didn't offer us coffee. The waiter screwed up the bill--but, since it was in my favor, I took the discount, and we took our leave.
This is not a brunch place for a special occasion, much less a place I would ever go back to. This place could be fun if the food were upgraded and the staff replaced by people who care at all about service.
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