Submitted Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 12:37pm [Dine in]
It was apparently our server's first night on the job, but even with that in mind service was unbearably slow, first waiting for the appetizers, then long pauses in between courses. We ordered two prix-fixé meals and 3 other small/no fork dishes, and it still took over two hours for our meal... and we're not slow eaters. And inexplicably two tables that had arrived 10-15 minutes after us got their dishes a good 10 minutes before we saw our appetizers.
The boeuf bourgignon was dry and tough, and the sauce was bland for this type of dish. Likewise with the halibut. The confit of duck had the duck meat shredded instead of being left on the bone, which resulted in a lukewarm and less juicy dish than other duck confits I have had. The mussels were decent; however the sauce again was a bit bland and mostly consisting of cream. The citrus cured salmon had a nice texture but had a fishy flavour to it. The Fernie frites were also lukewarm and a little soggy. Dessert - lemon tart was quite nice, as was the chocolate terrine; however, the terrine needed thawing and still had flakes of ice in it. Surprising, even though we had waited quite a while for the dessert to arrive. Overall, restaurant staff were warm and friendly but definitely need to manage getting the food out better.
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Submitted Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 6:07pm [Dine in]
Everything is way overpriced. The gelato selection is tiny and not anywhere near as good in flavour and value as the store on Venables. The owners and counter staff are surly looking. $3.50 for an americano? Even Artigiano doesn't have the audacity to charge that much for watered down espresso. Ambiance is about the only thing decent going for this place.
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