Took my mother out for Mother's Day dinner to Joe Fortes.
Food and Service: We were given complimentary canapes with tuna to start with, thought that was a nice touch. I ordered Dotty's Chopped Salad that normally comes with chicken and asked to have the chicken substituted for baby shrimp, if possible. Server came back to say that they can accommodate the request and I made sure to specify again that I do not eat meat. My mother ordered a dozen oysters.
At the end of my salad, I discovered a piece of chicken at the bottom of the bowl. It was small so it made me wonder if I had ingested any prior to that without noticing. Alas, I found another piece. By that time I was done with the salad; wish I had found it at the beginning so I could return it right away. Seems that perhaps the salad sits in the kitchen pre-mixed and chef simply tried to pick all the chicken out but failed. I told the waiter about this and he said, "no worries, it will be on the house". Great but I would actually rather pay for my meal and have it be what I asked for.
One of the dozen oysters my mother got was rotten so the waiter brought her an extra one.
I had sable fish with miso/soy sauce for dinner which was fairly good. My mother had beef carpaccio which came with a bit too much mayo on it but otherwise was decent.
As an "oops, sorry" gesture, we were offered complimentary desserts by the manager, which included a good Tiramisu cake and a good creme brulee.
Value: fairly decent.
Ambiance: There was live music which included a slightly overzealous piano player playing quite loudly. I have to say having a conversation was nearly impossible. There is no dress code in effect, this is "fine dining" where people come in wearing jeans and runners.
All in all, this used to be a favourite and I am sorry to say it no longer is.
Still a good spot for oysters if you like them, though. If you are looking for a fine dining experience, skip this restaurant in favour of something else.