We looked forward to eating at this very trendy, hot spot of a restaurant with the celebrity chef, and all the hoopla of it's reputation, etc. We have been trying to get a reservation for awhile but at these "trendy" places, you know how that goes. We tried for a Sunday afternoon at 5pm and had no luck. Can you believe that? Wow this place is popular! But wait, a last minute cancellation brought us in at 5:45 pm. We were finally going to see what all the hype was all about. Our party of 6 was seated on time with no waiting. The place was hopping and continued throughout our meal. The staff was very friendly, professional, and efficient. At no time did we feel rushed to hurry up, finish, and leave, so the table could be turned. We liked that. So what was so bad to get a poor rating? Here's what:
The portions are relatively small and our server suggested we order 2-3 items per person, which would be shared and would come out of the kitchen: whenever!! The chef's cannot plate the food courses or get them out of the kitchen in any semblence of order; our broccolli dish was served right before the dessert menu arrived and the cauliflower dish never arrived.
We had so many courses (about 15) that by the time we left, our palates were in overload mode. We felt that there was no lingering memory of any significant dish. All the dishes were prepared properly, presented well, and identified by the server's helpers. At the end, we could fondly remember but only a few. Talk about a mismash of delectable delights!
We had a couple of $100 bottles of wine. You would think that such "fine wine" would be served in a wine glass. What we got were some oversized tumblers of glass that could be used as milkshake containers or flower pots. I like my wine in a wine glass, how about you?
The noise level was conversation unfriendly, especially with a table of six. The eclectic selection of background music was allright but the volume was too loud for conversing without shouting across the table and I have excellent hearing.
Overall, my expectations were high and this place failed, supremely, failed to deliver. If I wanted family dining I could go to an oriental retaurant where at least the portions are sized for sharing which is what we were told to do here to get a real taste of all the "incredible" dishes to come out of the kitchen. Just don't ask me to name any.
Thankfully we live in a city of OUTSTANDING restaurants. I won't be making this mistake again by coming back here. I'll enjoy a meal that folllows a rational course structure and drink my wine from a wine glass.
I won't go there again and suggest you don't either.
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