The heritage bank building-cum-Latin resistance stronghold ambiance of Century House restaurant was lovely... if only the food, the prices and the service were better. I should have known that the meal was going to be sub-par by the way the server fulfilled my drink order. They didn't have lime cordial for my lime and soda, but rather than tell me that, the server attempted to *make* it from stuff behind the bar. I had to ask why my drink was unbelievably sour before he reluctantly admitted what he did.
When the food came, it was no better - my rare sirloin was on the tough, dry side of well-done, the vegetables were tasteless and the potatoes were cold and weirdly sour. I didn't send the food back because I was hungry (I’d waited 45 minutes for it), and I didn’t trust our server. He was either new to serving or lackadaisical - he ignored us (in an empty restaurant!), he wore too much cologne, and he kept leaning too far into our personal spaces while serving our food.
Luckily I didn’t order one of the mediocre desserts that the server described to us (he didn’t provide us with a menu). He didn’t bother to mention that they were tiny, unspectacular and a whopping $9 each.
The bathrooms were consistent with the rest of our experience. Located at the bottom of some dimly-lit, musty stairs, the bathrooms needed maintenance. In the women's loo, the hot water handle on the sink was gone, the stalls were too small, one stall door did not lock, and one of the toilets was turned 15 degrees from true and was oriented so that I had to stand up into the toilet paper dispenser.
At the end of the night, our party of 8 was charged an 18% gratuity, a slap in the face given the quality of the food and the service.
To summarize, the food was unpleasant, the prices were exorbitant, the service was awful, but at least the decor (of the restaurant, not the bathrooms) was nice. I am not surprised by the emptiness of the restaurant now that I've eaten there.