After hearing so much Fanfare about the cuisine at this restaurant, last week we decided to give it a try. As we walked in we immediately felt unwelcome by an austere hostess, she had that "I am important and you are not worth my time" kind of attitude, then she abruptly led us to a very tiny table in an undesirable corner of the restaurant. it was around 6PM and the place was literally empty, I understand that holding tables for reservations is necessary but the way she handled it was like "you are not VIP and I am in power to give you this left over table and you should be thankful to even get this table in our prestigious restaurant". I never felt so small like that in a restaurant (we have eaten at some snobbish places in Paris but it never hurt that low), so we declined and left for another restaurant down the street. There we were received by a cheerful and kind hostess. Now this place was busy and lively and we had a good meal and unpretentious service. While we were eating we reminisced about our encounter at mosaic and wondered why the maitre d' or general manager don't realize that the first impression from the hostess is very crucial. On our way out the hostess bade us a genuine goodbye and even opened the door for us (what a difference? I thought). To get to our car we passed by mosaic; we swallowed our pride and went in to honestly share our experience and maybe offer some constructive criticism with the hostess, but that turned out unfruitful as the hostess -with a much inflated ego this time- was only interested in letting us know that she was the owner as she was disinterested, arrogant, and unfriendly. I am not surprised that the restaurant was still mostly empty. No wonder, if the owner delivers this kind of attitude, what could come out of the rest of the staff. As they say "don't cast your pearls before swine"; It is so true and if I may add, don't cast your hard-earned money on rude pontifical restaurateurs.
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