I have eaten at Tapas & Tinis on a number of occasions and it was always one of my favorite places. The local paper, I believe, published a story recently about the restaurant re-inventing itself because people had come to see it as a special occasion place and they wanted it to be more affordable for every day dining. I was eager to see the metamorphosis. The first thing that hit my eye was the prices on the menu. Those items that existed on the old menu as well as the new one were higher by $2 to $10. Indeed there were some less expensive items but nothing grabbed my attention. Most of the regular entree items seem to have gone up at least $2 and the "Chef's Creations" qualify even more as special occasion pricewise although not necessarily in quality. I had always loved the braised lamb shank at $16. It was more than enough for a meal and I scraped my plate clean because it was delicious. That item is now $26! When I asked the waitress what was going on she defended it saying "there are now two lamb shanks" in the dish. That would be much too much of a good thing for no purpose except the extra $10. One of my guests tried the Sushi and could finish neither roll saying they tasted more of vinegar than anything else. Another guest chose the bleu cheese steak flatbread. It was mostly crispy onions piled high on the bleu cheese, pieces of steak and the flatbread. First she removed 2/3 of the onions but even that did not make the dish to her liking. My other guest tried some and didn't care for it either. I came out luckier. I ordered the hanger steak at $17. It was presented medium rare as I ordered it....about 10 plus minutes after the other two guests received their entrees. It, too, was piled high with crispy onions (apparently the restaurant got a deal on them) and the steak itself was over a pile of mashed potatoes and sliced mixed vegetables. The steak was slightly chewy as the cut would suggest but was flavorful and the red wine demi-glaze contributed to the dish. My glass of Carmenere was a decent size at a decent price and complimented the dinner. We had coffee but no dessert. Service was very slow and even getting our credit card swiped took longer than it should. The restaurant offers live music which some must enjoy but others of us find only discourages conversation. We were seated as far from the music as possible but it was amplified to our table. The restaurant was full when we left but I doubt that will continue unless management brings a little reason to the menu such as serving a good serving of lamb shank at a reasonable price rather than too much for too much.
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