We went to La Quercia’s for my best friend’s birthday dinner. This is the second time I’ve been there.
As soon as we were seated, we were “reminded” by our waitress that we were 15 mins late to our reservation and that we only have the rest of our 1 hr 45 min reservation window to complete the dinner.
As we talked with the waitress about getting the 5-course sampling menu and whether we can add a risotto to it, she (again) mentioned that because we were late, we cannot even order the risotto with the sampling menu because there’s not enough time. We were very perplexed as they emphasized how flexible this sampling menu is, but the option of substituting the risotto in lieu of one of the pastas in the sampling menu was not suggested to us. We were the ones who asked if we can do a substitution – and it was not cheap, we had to lose one of our pastas in the sampling menu PLUS add an additional $7 per person for the risotto.
When the risotto came, it was extremely salty and the rice was not even fully cooked yet! We told our waitress about this – she did not apologize at all, just said “I’ll let the chef know”.
The next dish came – a veal with morel mushrooms – and it was, again, very salty. The veal was also a little on the tough side. We were not pleased.
After finishing our dessert, the waiter came over and reiterated that we were late to our reservation, we are way past our reservation time and people are waiting. Again, we were perplexed as nobody was waiting at the door – we were prepared to leave if we see people waiting – I’m assuming the people eating and drinking happily at the bar are the ones he was referring to? The waiter was quite rude in talking to us.
The restaurant is VERY crowded and loud – it’s difficult to even talk inside the restaurant! Not recommended if you want a decent conversation with a group.
All in all, I’ll NEVER go back again. It’s not worth the attitude – I can go to Trafalgar Bistro and have a decent risotto in a comfortable environment without being constantly reminded that I have to leave.