Submitted Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 12:44am [Dine in]
I dont know what's happened to this restaurant but I was a local in the area for about a year and in that time I saw it rise from good to 'excellent' and fall dismally to horrible. They had revised their menu last summer to a really nice fusion a la carte selection...all of it prepared beautifully and served with character. Fun waitresses, great energy in the place.
I used to go there for brunch...hard to get a good benny in this city, and theirs was excellent.
After a number of weeks away from the place, I went for the worlds worst benny..cold, hard english muffin, hard poached eggs and lumpy, cold hollandaise ...couldn't have been worse. I sent it back to get "oh...sorry, we have a new breakfast chef...he'll figure it out I hope" how did he get the job in the first place?? I went back a couple of weeks later and the same...he didn't figure it out.
What used to be a truly great cheese plate has turned into chucks of slopped together cheeses, served with no accompaniments (they used to excel at pairing the cheeses with fruits, nuts...etc) and the staff seems to have no clue what they are or how to advise on them. Our last lunch attempt was a burnt lamb burger, burnt pork spring rolls (they are great if their properly cooked...good luck with that) and charred, dried out tenderloin skewers which we sent back and they still attempted to bill us for. The service was lack luster, bordering hostile when we sent things back. They only reason the doors are still open is that it's the only walk-to spot in the area.
I have given them three lunch/dinner opportunities with friends over the last few months and they are bottomed out in every category. I don't know what has happened but it's sad to see such a quick decline.
AI recommend you make your way further South on Main and find something else...the Whip is an overpriced, under skilled flash in the pan. Would love to see it get back to the hay day of last summer...
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Submitted Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 12:26am [Dine in]
Im a big duck fan and didn't expect to find really good duck in a tapas/wine bar but this was some of the best I've had...also the hash that was served with it was really good. The wine selection is basic but well rounded. It's a cool spot if you can get a seat...especially one of the two front alcoves. The service wasn't the best, a bit crisp and unattentive. The music is crazy loud, but allows for only your wine partner to hear you. A good late night spot overall, just dont go expecting to be really well taken care of.
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Submitted Saturday, May 31, 2008 - 12:12am [Dine in]
A friend and I went last night and it was so good it need a "recap call" today.
We had the five course taster menu and could not have felt more indulged. We started with these adorable and so very good little espresso cups of soup - she had a chestnut soup which was very sweet and tasty, I had a truffle soup which was so rich and decadent tasting.
We then had the bison carpaccio which was served with a purple grainy mustard...it literally melted in our mouths. A first for me and I can't wait to have this dish again.
We also had an amazing pasta course...can't remember what it was called but it was angel hair pasta with shaved sun-dried fish eggs and though it didn't sound all that appealing to me, it was seriously one of the best things either of us had tasted. Not "fishy" at all, a very delicate and perfect salt/garlic/parm balance, very pretty presentation as well. Could have eaten a whole lot more of it.
We had a blueberry salad with goat cheese...very refreshing and the nicest, creamiest goat cheese.
Our fish courses were each different (our request so we could share) and we had fresh halibut which was perfectly cooked and black alaska cod with a strawberry balsamic "salsa" on it...really nice with the smoky fish. No idea what the sauces were but they were incredible.
Desserts were beautiful and tasty - one pistachio mousse layer cake and one chocolate banana creation.
I am slightly embarrassed to say we had the wine pairings with our menu and they were five of the most lovely wines we had experienced...each one so perfect with the food.
Service was exdellent...very attentive and knowledgeable, but subtle.
I'm happy to say, after many bad dining experiences lately, that it was truly a perfect evening.
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