Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Food was fine. Everything else was awful.
The place was so loud I had to shout to be heard by my dinner companions. There was the woman in the sequined hot pants walking around taking pictures of everyone, but since all the tables face forward you got the full effect of every flash bulb right in your face. The dress code wasn't enforced. Nothing like paying $450 for dinner for three and having to look at some hairy guy in a tank top.
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The wine prices were beyond obscene. Hundreds of bottles and only a few for less than $100, most over $200. The sommelier asked if I had any questions and I said yes, only one: Have you no shame?
I took my wife and my son there for our 25th wedding anniversary. I made reservations well in advance and told them what it was we were celebrating. We were given one of the worst tables in the place (it was rickety and wobbled) and there was no recognition from the staff.
The food was wonderful. It showed imagination and was artfully presented. The staff, however, didn't know how to serve it. We ordered wine by the glass, but the wines were delivered well after the food. We had our dishes a full ten minutes before the wine showed up, appetizers and entrees alike.
My wife and son ordered souffles for dessert, which had to be ordered in advance. I did not, so the staff just assumed I did not want dessert. The souffles were on the table by the time I finally got someone's attention and was given the dessert menu. My wife and son finished their souffles before my dessert arrived. In keeping with the theme the dessert wine arrived after my dessert did, but at least I got to enjoy some of it with my dessert. My son's dessert wine didn't arrive until after he had finished his souffle.
It's obvious management is trying to maximize profit potential at the expense of guest comfort. Tables are jammed in everywhere making it loud and uncomfortable. But why not? Most everyone there is a tourist and will never be back. I am a local, however, and I won't ever be back, either.
Pros: View, food
Cons: Everything else. Service, ambience, noise, prices, kids running around, etc...