Submitted Monday, December 12, 2011 - 1:26pm [Dine in]
We had our staff Christmas party at Preston's. They had a nice set-up, quick and friendly service but that was about where the good stopped and the mediocre set in. While the appetizers were alright, they were a little under seasoned (the tomato and bocconcini salad was anyway). the "risotto" in the main was the consistency of mashed potatoes and tasted as salty as if they used packaged gravy in it. I felt sorry for the vegetarians as unfortunately their only option was a huge bowl of the risotto with nothing else to cut the one dimentional flavour. I had the chicken with the promise of it being stuffed with goat's cheese but there was nary a trace of it. Overall Preston's tried to impress with the menu but fell short with the actual execution of it therfore serving overpriced, badly done food. For $130 for one crappy 3 course meal and a few drinks I'll take my money elsewhere next time.
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We went to the Duke for my mom's birthday, she wanted a place where she could get a Bellini and watch the game...that's pretty much the only thing they did right.
Food: We decided to order some appetizers before dinner so we got the artichoke dip and the bruschetta. The bruschetta was ok, the dip was BLAND. We ended up putting a load of salt in it just so we could eat it. For the mains, I ordered the Rain Forest Salad, the menu description made it sound delicious however the salmon that came with it was the smallest piece of salmon I have ever seen. It was literally an inch and a half wide. This was on a $15 salad that didn't come with anything else, no bread nothing. My sister got the wings and a side cesar, they were fine. My parents both got the sirloin and after a few bites my mom found that hers tasted a bit off. When the waitress asked her at the end how everything was she told her that it tasted tainted and the girl just looked at her and said "Do you want me to say something?" my mom was being too polite and just shrugged her shoulders and the girl just did a weird giggle and walked away. Nothing was done about it.
Drinks: My mom got her Bellini which looked pretty good but the rest of us got fountain drinks with the most disgusting pieces of lime on the rim. You could tell they had been sliced about a week previous as the entire rind was brown except for a small blotch of green in the middle. Needless to say the were removed from the glasses immediately. My iced tea was so sweet it made my throat tingle. I went for a margarita later on and it was average.
Service: Our waitress was vapid and only showed herself when she was bringing us food. We had to catch her as she was walking by just so we could get a refill. She had no interest in making sure we were happy. Between bringing us the bill and actually bringing over the debit machine we watched the last 10 minutes of the hockey game.
All in all, baaaad
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