Submitted Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 2:55pm [Dine in]
We went to this restaurant once before and thought it was rather good. So we took my parents there on Mother's Day for a nice brunch -- or so we thought. The table was very nice, with an excellent view, and the look of the place is very strong. For ambience, they've done a good job. However, the menu on Mother's Day was nothing short of a joke. The only main courses available were 4 versions of eggs benedict, an omelette, and a frittata. It was like that episode of Fawlty Towers where they could only serve duck for dinner except here it was eggs. We asked if they could at least make french toast for our 3 year-old but were told 'no', the chef can only prepare the special menu items. (There were lots of toddlers in the restaurant and absolutely nothing on the menu a toddler would want to eat - and this is on Mother's Day; what were they thinking?) And it's not like we were asking the chef to prepare foix gras from scratch, it's just french toast - any idiot can make it; why can't their chef? (Maybe he's just a special 'egg chef'). It seemed to us that the entire menu was designed to make it easy on the chef at the expense (literally) of the diners' enjoyment - this was our number one complaint. It was assembly line cooking. The salads were soggy, and the actual eggs benedict we were forced to eat was poor: the english muffin was ice cold and hard as a rock, the eggs were dreadfully undercooked. Our server was decent enough but the wait for our various courses was too long, especially when the food tasted like it was made the day before. For the money paid, this was a disappointing meal, and we deeply regretted having chose it. We will not return.
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Submitted Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 2:28pm [Dine in]
We like this place overall because we have a restless 3 year old, who can run around in here while we get a beer or two. Not many places are so relaxed about kids, so we appreciate that. As for the food: it's always just sort of okay; nothing you'd really go out of your way for but always adequate. Our biggest complaint would be the 'cleanliness' issue: the bathrooms are vile, and are ALWAYS missing soap, which makes us wonder whether anyone there really cares about safe food handling. The tables, seats etc. are always sticky and a little gross too. But hey, I'm a little uptight about this stuff; they on the other hand are insanely relaxed about it. You gotta be relaxed too if you're ever going to go with the flow on this restaurant.
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