The first time I ate here was many years ago, not long after they opened, and I had a very good experience then, except that the food was a bit on the "rich" side (too much butter in the sauce). I had the rabbit then. I hadn't returned until now not because the previous experience was bad, but because this place is far from where I live and where I have my normal activities.
This time, I started with the 'ceasar salad with bacon', which is on their Today's Specials blackboard. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but generally, when I eat out, I expect to get food that either I can't cook myself (or can't cook as well), or is too troublesome to cook. What, you may ask, is it about a ceasar salad that you can't easily make at home? The answer: the dressing. Unfortunately, this time, I was really disappointed with their ceasar salad. There was so little dressing that most of the salad was dry, and whatever dressing there was was so bland in flavour that I really couldn't remember anything about the taste afterwards. The romaine was not the freshest and not as crispy as I get at many other restaurants. So, some romaine, some thin slices of cheese, one strip of bacon, and a bread stick. That's it. That's something I can easily slap together at home in no time. Maybe it was my mistake to go for the ceasar salad, but I was really expecting something not so run of the mill.
Next was the main course, and I chose the lamb chops. To give them credit, the dish looked great and the lamb was very nicely cooked, tender and juicy. However, this time, the opposite to the ceasar salad happened. The flavours were too strong, too salty, and just completely overwhelming. The side vegetables also had a very overpowering flavour, something spicy that caused me to sweat all over my scalp.
After that, I wouldn't dare go for the dessert.
Maybe I should have had the rabbit instead, and maybe I was just unlucky this time around. The place was almost full by the time I left, so obviously there are many other customers who appreciate their food.