We ate here for our wedding anniversary in early April, starting at 6pm on a Monday evening. I was a bit apprehensive, given wide range of good and negative reviews that I had read. We were seated promptly. We ordered drinks. The Mrs. ordered a “Pomegranate Royale,” which was good, if a bit too sweet for me. I ordered a whiskey cocktail with fig as one of its ingredients and really liked it. The drinks seemed reasonably strong and were between seven and eight-fifty. We ordered the calamari salad and pate/terrine appetizers, and both tasted good and were of an acceptable size. They were around ten dollars each. For our main courses, we ordered the mushroom wellington and the surf and turf. They were about nineteen and twenty-six dollars, respectively. Both tasted good. The mushroom wellington seemed a bit on the small side, and its appearance and texture surprised us: imagine a circular piece of puff pastry, topped with a big dollop of pureed mushrooms and other ingredients, topped off with a cap of spinach leaves, and then topped with a puff pastry lattice. It reminded me of something from the movie Aliens. The crab cake was petite but good. Several lumps of crab were found. Minimal filler. The filet was petite, tender and could have been a bit more flavorful. Perhaps some kind of rub would have helped. All of the sauces tasted good (e.g., on the salad, the filet and crab cake), and the vegetables were cooked nicely. The surf and turf came with a tasty mixture of roasted corn and capers, along with two token slices of roasted potato. We finished out with a shared order of the “candy bar” dessert, which was a 2-inch by 5-inch piece of dessert bar consisting of a pretzel-cookie base, peanut butter cream layer (not really “mousse” in my mind, as described on the menu) and a chocolate ganache layer. A miserly scoop of vanilla ice cream and what appeared to be marshmallow cream was on either side of the bar. It tasted good.
Service was good throughout. Interior looked nice enough. Acoustics seem to exaggerate the number of people that were there (i.e., it was a bit noisy).
Not counting the Groupon that I used, our meal came to ninety seven dollars. Even subtracting the twenty dollars saved with the Groupon, this would still have been a special occasion price for us. We would probably return again for a special occasion with another Groupon.
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