Went to Natalie's on a rainy Friday night in August with my husband. Despite the rain, the restaurant was packed. We opted for the 3 course prix fixe which had many wonderful options to choose from. The decor, ambiance, and presentation were all fabulous! Our second and third dishes were delightful and creative and so were all the tasty amuse bouches, palate cleansers, and butters with various salts...really superb! My only complaint about the food was that my first course of sea scallops lacked creativity. It definitely wasn't memorable. Honestly, its only been a few days, and I can't remember any particulars about that dish except that I remember saying to myself, "Oh, tastes like a scallop". Other than that, the food was amazing! There was a little snafu with our order however it was immediately corrected and we were given a couple of glasses of fabulously paired wine on the house. The offer was unexpected because we didn't have to wait long for the correct dish to come out, but both the thought and the wine were very much appreciated! The staff was fabulous that way! Really top notch, superb service!
As for the wine list...I have been to many fabulously expensive restaurants but I haven't seen such a steeply priced wine list as this one in a long time. I believe there was only one bottle available that was under $50 (I believe the wines by the glass were $17). All the other wines were obscenely priced. I know of countless wines that have rave reviews, wonderful flavor and are cheaper! I'm not asking for a no-frills box wine to be added to the list (however that might make for some interest!) but I'd like to see greater variety in terms of pricing. I got the feeling like the wine list was telling me that if you spend under $100 a bottle you are drinking swill.
Now onto my final thought, something I think is a bit quirky. Every single time a plate was brought to our table it was excruciatingly explained in detail and grossly pointed out. I don't mean pointing from afar to a particular unusual item on the plate. I mean hovering over the plate and gesturing so close to the food and telling me EVERY little thing in the dish. I honestly don't mind if I'm told what I'm about to indulge in. But I absolutely do mind that every single member of the staff that brought plates over (must have been at least 5 different people) gestured ON TOP of my food (literally centimeters away) in a manner that resembled a beauty pageant wave. When it first happened, my husband and I chuckled because we thought the woman's hand gesturing was a bit strange. But when it happened EVERY single time, we realized the staff was instructed to do this! So, my suggestion to management...please don't gesture soooo closely to my food! Instead of feeling thrilled to dive into my delectable dish, I found myself wondering if the food runner washed her hands!
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