The Loft was one of my favorite places to visit before the great pipe burst of 2012 which caused its doors to be closed for 6 months and for the place to come into new ownership. I was genuinely sad I had to wait so long it to reopen but was so excited when they finally did.
I don't know if I over-hyped myself, but I was certainly disappointed with the new experience. The menu isn't what it used to be with the removal of one of my favorite items, the risotto du jour. It may be back later since their current "New Immigrant Menu" is a summer menu. "New Immigrant Menu" sounds offensive, but I don't think it is, it's just an odd name.
We started with drinks which were quite good and an appetizer of frittes with 5 dipping sauces. I'm not sure what happened in the 6 months it was closed, but the sauces (which were my favorite experience from the past) were not very good. The cheese fondue was very milky and runny and not "cheesy" at all. The others tasted rather bland (with the exception of the Curry Ketchup which was still spot on).
Although pricey, all our entrees were excellent. I had the ribeye and it was cooked pretty much spot on. All the others enjoyed their meals as well. My only complaint about my meal is that it lacked a vegetable for balance on my plate. A side salad to accompany the entree could be used too.
We had dessert as well which is rare since I don't like dessert. I guess it was fine. My mother seemed to really enjoy the beignets.
When we went to pay, we had a coupon for $8 off. The owner came by and said since its new ownership, he doesn't except them. That's conveniently free advertising in the coupon book. Our bill was probably $130 so to not take the $8 off is dumb. It makes the atmosphere awkward and leaves me with the impression that the new place has poor service. This has changed my opinion on the place and makes me feel like I am in no rush to return.
In summary, I think if you're new to restaurant and haven't experienced the way it used to be run, you'll love this place. It's like the old way is the "book" and this new place is the "movie". The book's always better than the movie if you've read the book, but the movie is quite good for anyone who hasn't read the book.
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