My friends and I arrived at the English Room to celebrate a birthday with a late dinner on a Monday night. There were only two other tables occupied in the restaurant when we arrived. I figured that would be so, since Monday at 8pm isn't a very common time to go out for an expensive dinner.
We were greeted warmly at the maitre d stand, and escorted to our table where we sat close to the kitchen. Everyone at the restaurant was so attentive, they still had quite a bit of staff working and everyone who visited our table was pleasant. We were especially impressed by our waiter, Kurt A., he was charming and funny, and made sure we were well accommodated.
We ordered champagne; received a bread basket with brown bread muffins, and white rolls. The start to an enjoyable evening. We split an appetizer that was delicious, one of the best I ever had. If their website wasn't down, I would write the name, but it was a crispy, crackley piece of brioche topped with a scallop, lamb bacon, hollandaise sauce, and a sprig of what we think was watercress. The flavor and texture combination was divine.
When our dinners came I had great expectations because of how good the brown bread muffins, and appetizer were. My friend who ordered the scallops devoured them, she said they were excellent. My other friend, the birthday girl ordered New York Strip steak with haircot verts, a special for the evening. Her mashed potatoes were silky smooth, and her meat, although medium rare, was so juicy, and cooked so delicately she could cut through it with a dull knife. My halibut with quinoa and english peas however was a little bit too salty for my own personal taste. But, not to the point where it was inedible.
The treated us to a birthday dessert on the house, a sinfully decadent chocolate dish with rich berries, that had a flaming shot of 151 rum on top. It was wonderful.
Our dinner was a success. The only things I was disappointed with were material, and on the surface. I thought that upholstery on the chairs needed to be replaced, a bit dated, and not in an antique way. And, my friend found the fake flower centerpiece in the middle of the restaurant tacky. The small lamps on the table were nice, but needed to be replaced. But, those things are not the responsibility of the waitstaff and chef, so I don't want to take credit away from those who deserve it. You should visit the English Grill.