Where do I begin? Went there last Friday with 2 girlfriends. A nice looking place, but wondered why on a Friday night there was hardly anyone in it. Well I was about to soon find out.
The Ambiance is solid, nice décor modern trendy but not over done. However, it seemed like they played only one song that night, over and over and over and over again, the whole time we were there.
The Service, well from the moment we got their our server, hovered over us. Now I like our server to pay attention but this man literally did not leave us alone, however at the same time he didn’t really ever listen to us, that or he just wasn’t able to comprehend the words that were coming out of our mouths. He kept coming by every couple of minutes asking us if we were ready to order, then telling us that he keeps coming around because he hates not having anything to do. Well I’m sorry that your restaurant doesn’t have any patrons but that doesn’t mean you have to crash our party. Well finally after being harassed for the umpteenth time, we finally ordered.
The Food, I ordered the crispy duck salad to start and the Butternut Squash Agnolotti (inhouse menu) Butternut Squash Ravioli (website menu), same disastrous dish. The Crispy Duck Salad was anything but crispy. I got 2 thumb size pieces of duck neither one of them with any Crispy skin or any skin on it for that matter. The flavour was okay, with the salad itself, however the soy-ginger dressing drizzled around the edge of the plate was way too overpowering. The Chili Cracker tasted, well it really had no taste, but reminded be of a stale pork rind. The Butternut Squash, which was what I was really looking forward too (I only ordered the duck salad because the server suggested the Butternut Squash was not enough for dinner) was mediocre at best. Butternut Squash has a rich orange colour, however when I cut into the pasta the filling was pale almost colourless. The flavour was okay, but I was expecting a more bold flavour, it tasted more like potato. The Grana Padano shavings were huge, and overpowering, every time I had a piece of it, which was with almost every bit, that’s all I could taste. I think it would have been much better if they used a fine grater and eased up on the amount, just a little sprinkle to add another dimension to the dish is all they need. The Brown Butter Emulsion was tasty, however the crushed Amaretti Cookie was a disaster. It was so sweet that no matter how small the crumb, it just ruined the dish, it was like you were eating dessert for dinner, which in most circumstances is fine, but not in this case. I tried to push it aside, but most of the smaller pieces had melted into the sauce and on the pasta so literally every bite I took I was either overwhelmed by the cheese or by the cookie. The fig soda I had was different, I couldn’t quite decide if I liked it or not. It was okay, but as far as original cocktails go I’ve had far better. I opted not to have dessert, but one of my girlfriends did. She had the Cherry, which I’m not sure why it’s named Cherry, it’s basically a chocolate cake topped with ganache, not mousse (mousse is light and airy ganache is creamy but dense, this was ganache) a small mound of Cream Cheese Ice Cream (and I mean small) and a few halved cherries with a little cherrie sauce drizzled around, barely enough to get the flavour of cherry. My girlfriend enjoyed it, I thought it was meh. To be fair, my two friends did enjoy their meals, one ordered the Lamb sirloin and the other the Salmon, could it be that it was just my bad luck to choose possibly their 2 worst dishes? Could be.
Overall this restaurant has potential. The location is good, the décor is great! The menu needs to be completely revamped. There’s nothing unusual or different about it, pretty much same standard mediocre cuisine you could find in one of many standard mediocre restaurants around town, except you pay quite a bit more for it here. Oh yeah and they could invest in another CD or two to change up the music every now and then, or better yet, just tune in to one of the free radio stations.