Visited this restaurant with my family last night (5 people total). We picked this restaurant after watching Check Please. We were very excited to try this for our family Christmas outing after going to Beach Blanket Babylon. We were all disappointed.
Previous reviews that mention the pasta, and all dishes, as being served lukewarm were spot on. The portions of entrees varied from too small, to just right. Best part of the meal was the gnocchi - very good! The second best part of the meal was the pork belly - good portion; this dish tasted the best, but I have had much better (JoLe in Calistoga). We tried a few different dishes and sort of shared around the table:
Dad had the insalata and carbonara (you can order carbonara as a full plate, not just part of the trio). He was not impressed. The carbonara was way over-peppered and he could not eat much of it. He ended up not finishing it and asking them to box it because we felt bad.
Mom ordered the gnocchi and tortelloni. Gnocchi was delicious! I did not care for the tortelloni. It may be that I'm not a fan of the taste of ox-tail (?), but I'm fairly certain I have had it before and liked it. I did not enjoy it combined with balsamic.
Brother ordered the trio to start and enjoyed the rigatoni. He felt the carbonara and vermicelli were both overly peppered as well. For his entree, he ordered the pork belly and liked it.
Fiancee ordered the Pike and the portion was tiny, maybe half the size of an iPhone. The corn tasted as if it were from a can. The 'crispy brussel sprouts' were 3 to 4 leaves of a brussel sprout. The dish lacked flavor.
I ordered the carbonara to start, again, way over pepperd, so much so that I had to stop eating it. I also ordered the pork belly. The meat was good, the accompaniments were odd and I did not eat much of them. The cranberry chutney was much too sour to eat, even with the sweet potatoe puree and pork belly to balance.
We received an amuse-bouche from the chef prior to the meal - a potatoe and leek soup. It was lukewarm, but was very good otherwise. I wish I could have ordered this!
Overall, the food was a disappointment; lukewarm, not very flavorful or contained too much pepper. On the other hand, the service was great. Our waiter was attentive and very sweet. We did not have the heart to tell him the food was lacking. We declined to try dessert and instead ate some homemade cookies and brownies in the limo on the way home. Next year, we will try a new restaurant and its back to the ballet - no more BBB!
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