My husband and I (forgetting to check trip advisor) thought that Creme seemed like a decent place from their website and a few other reviews we found. We made reservations for New Years Eve dinner. We are easy-going, fun-loving people. Despite everything being awful about this place, we had a sense of humor about it all. In list form (otherwise I could go on for pages and pages why you should stay far, far away from this place), here are the things that went wrong with our experience:
1. Our waiter was drunk. Now, we had a few drinks ourselves. We weren't drunk at all, but if we, a little buzzed, could tell in the dank, dark recesses of this restaurant that our waiter was drunk, then you KNOW he was wasted.
2. We were excited to see live music was setting up. Looked like some cool jazz players. And they were... but with a bizarre soprano opera singer fronting them. So strange, loud and distracting.
3. Our drunk waiter knew nothing of the limited menu. My husband asked what was the 'meat' of the 'meat and potatoes' option. He told him it was a NY Strip. He ordered it and got braised short ribs.
4. After about 40 minutes, our drunk waiter came over and asked us if we wanted our salads which were INCLUDED in the new years package. Yes, we did want them. But should have skipped it. Wilted greens in a vinaigrette no better than Paul Newman makes. That's all. Nothing else but a plate of soggy, wilted greens doused in vinegar.
5. I ordered surf and turf. Asked for my steak medium. It was well done and the lobster tail was mushy. Our drunk waiter asked me to cut into my steak, which he watched me struggle to do with the butter knife provided. It was way too dark to tell anything, so I said it was fine. I then had to go to the bar and ask for a steak knife.
6. If you like salt and have never considered any other seasoning before, by all means, eat at Creme. Everything on my plate tasted exactly the same. Salty. Very, very salty.
7. The strawberry shortcake tasted like the chef crumbled up a strawberry breakfast bar, put cool whip on it and set it under a heat lamp. Inedible.
8. The one bright, shining moment was the fact that our drunk waiter apparently didn't know how to use the computer system. When we got our bill, it was $44. He charged us for our drinks and my upgrade to the surf and turf, but not our dinners. We are honest people. If we had had anything close to a good experience, we absolutely would have pointed out the mistake and paid the full price. Especially my honest-almost-to-a-fault husband. He's such a goody-goody. When even he suggested we drop $60 and leave, I knew I shouldn't feel bad about this divine act of instant karma that worked out in our favor.