Submitted Thursday, February 12, 2009 - 10:38am [Dine in]
Well, the restaurant looks like you're somewhere else and not across from the Ivanhoe, so that's good. The entrance is a weird bamboo tunnel thing which didn't seem to jive with the rest of the decor. The room is warm in ambience, though I thought the table set up was a bit cafeteria-ish. We were seated promptly. Our server always seemed like she was in a hurry as though she was anticipating a rush that never came. We ordered the deepfried chickpeas - they were tasty, but exactly what I expected - deepfried spiced chickpeas. We also ordered a tuna salad which was pleasant. We had the flank steak and chicken. Don't forget too order sides, or you will receive meat on a plate with salsa verde and that's it. The flank steak was okay. The chicken was cooked in duck fat and accompanied with house sausage. It was a salty fatty, artery clogging dinner. But everything in moderation, right? The music was all over the place - James Blunt, Tom Jones, Thievery Corp, Beatles. I poked my head down the hallway to look at the "wine room" - I thought I was confused because it looked more like a staff meal table. Don't get me wrong, everything tasted nice. I think it caters more to people who live breathe and eat charcuterie, duck fat, etc. I think I've got to eat cleaner and lighter for my next night out.
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Submitted Monday, February 2, 2009 - 10:04am [Dine in]
I went there for Sunday lunch with some friends. When we entered, we weren't sure whether or not we were to seat ourselves. We saw a server look at us from across the room, but she didn't acknowledge us, was very busy putting together a tea. After quite a few uncomfortable minutes, standing like dorks in the doorway, she came to us with menus and told us to sit wherever we wanted. We were offered a brunch menu and a regular menu. Prices seemed good. I had heard that the fries were the frozen bag kind, so I ordered a caesar salad with my clubhouse. It was okay, but the caesar tasted like bottled dressing. My friend's sliders were charred and hard. My other friend had the frozen bagged fries with her wrap. I liked the music playing - old REM, less common Fleetwood Mac, good David Bowie - but the sound system was dreadful. Love the Beatles, but I wanted to throw a shoe at the speakers - grating on the nerves! Anyway, I like what they did with the Aurora space. I don't know how you can make a room look bigger by adding so many seats, but they did it! They've definitely put their stamp on the space. I wish them luck, but they should try their hand at more homemade ingredients.
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