Went with a friend to Lift Bar for DOV because we thought the menu looked quite unique. We were seated right away, the ambiance was great. We quickly ordered our choices from the Dine Out menu, and as we were waiting, we noticed that the tables around us with the Dine Out menu all have a tray of bread....all the tables but ours! Ok, maybe they're just a little slow in bringing ours out, that's fine. First course came, still no bread. So we decided to ask the waiter if bread is included in the Dine Out menu, the waiter rudely answered "no, but I can bring you some if you really want some". Um....ok....whatever. Another table came and was seated behind us, their bread came soon after they placed their order. So we were definitely sure at that point that they forgot to give us bread, or they just assumed that we're not bread-eaters? I don't know.
Anyway, the bread finally came and it was good! (Little did we know that it was only to be the only good thing we would be tasting for a while) The first course that we got was the salmon and tuna roll. The tuna was too fishy, the rice was mushy, the seaweed was soggy and tough (it tasted like the day-old sushi from T&T), and they forgot the sauce on my plate!
Not good, so we eagerly waited for the second course, hoping that it would be better than the first. I ordered the butternut squash soup, which I thought was quite good; and my friend ordered the endive salad, which he was it definitely wasn't worth the money.
Third course, the seared scallops came. The presentation was nice, served in a shell, but as soon as we took a look at the scallops, we knew it was waaaaaay overcooked without even cutting into them. Boy, were they ever tough to cut into! Chewing them proved to be quite challenging as well. The ravoli under the scallops was overcooked as well, with the outside cooked to mush, and we couldn't figure out what those tough bits of meat on the inside were. Oh, and did I mention there were 2 "unidentified" pieces of meat on top of those scallops too? We didn't even want to try figuring out what they were since they tasted like meat left over from making broth anyway. BIG BIG disappointment!
By the time our entrees came, we really didn't know what to expect anymore. But to our surprised, our ahi tuna sashimi with tempura futomaki was actually quite decent. The presentation was nice and it tasted good as well.
Just when we thought the restaurant has redeemed itself with their entrees, out came our desserts - creme brulee for me, and the chocolate terrine for my friend. The terrine was just a mount of chocolate thing that my friend didn't quite enjoy, and the chocolate on the side was so hard that it was inedible. We tried breaking it apart with a knife but no such luck. And my creme brulee? It just tasted like an overcooked Chinese egg tart. Well, at least the raspberry and strawberry garnish tasted normal.
Overall, extremely disappointed in the food and service, and the fact that the parking lot is about a block away and you have to walk the entire way in the cold to get there (unless you want to pay $8 for valet) is enough to keep my friends and I from visiting this restaurant again.