We had heard some solid credential about the chef, so we decided to give it a try. Unfortunately, the food didn't live up to our expectation. It was good, but just ordinary good.
Our appetizers are the lobster cappuccino and seared scallops with smoked bacon risotto. The lobster cappuccino tasted good. It is sorted of in between a seafood mousse or chowder. The mini puffs that were put on the side were awful though. The scallops and risotto was a simple straight forward good tasting dish.
Our main: lamb shank and beef tenderloin. Too much taste of the lamb. Taste was ok. Honestly, we can use some nice salt on both dishes. There was an absence in flavour.
The dishes came very quick (I didn't expect that in a fine dining restaurant). And we finished them quick also (there is no need to slowly savour them). By the way, the restaurant wasn't full at all. There were quite a few tables empty on a Friday night. Would that be the reason why they served up so fast?
Finally we got a little break between the meal and the dessert. By this time, we weren't excited by the food offered anymore, so we just ordered coffee and a chocolate ganache with caramel ice-cream. The taste was good. We just wish that the size of the ice-cream (about 2 tbsp) is bigger than the ganache.
We drink dark coffee. But I'm just curious to see what kind of sugar they offer. When I opened the little lid, there was the regular granulated white sugar. And that is it. No other sugars offered. Quite a surprise.
When we go to fine dining, we usually ask the restaurant to recommend wine to pair up with the meal. However, it might be a mistake this time. The white wine that went with the seafood was too sweet. It is almost 2/3 of the way to ice wine. The red wine that went with the meat was awful. When we asked the server what was it, she said she didn't know what kind of wine it was.
The service was decent. Yes, I appreciated that the three different servers all came with a smiling face. Why did we get so many servers?
Behind our table was a group of 10 people. Four women and six men. Four couples sat in the middle and two men sat on both ends. When their main was arriving, I was just making a comment to my husband that all the men are the same beef tenderloin dish. And my husband observed something else...all the men were being served first. Just a little difference compared to my other fine dining experiences.
The decor gives you a feel of a fine dining restaurant. But the food and the service don't live up to what a fine dining restaurant should be.
We had a dinner. Not an excited one. A usual one that you can get from many other (not necessarily fine dining) restaurants. No, they don't make it to my re-visited list.