We tried The Kitchen at the recommendation of friends. They booked a reservation and we met at the restaurant, a party of six. My husband and I met the hostess in the doorway and let her know we were meeting the rest of our group and gave them the name the reservation was under. After waiting 15 minutes, I heard the distinct laugh of one of our friends. The rest of our party had been in the dining room the whole time. We all got a good laugh out of this, no harm. We were seated, the hostess didn't bother to apologize, but we didn't really mind. We ordered drinks and our waitress appeared soon after. I couldn't help but notice as I pulled off my jacket, that virtually everyone in the dining room had left their coat on. The room was absolutely frigid! There was one space heater in the room and it wasn't cutting it. Our waitress had no explanation for the lack of heat, but she did reposition the heater when another party left. We decided to carry on and we ordered. Two of the six of us had to change our selections because they had run out of our selection. I settled on an egg plant dish and my husband got a pasta dish. While we waited we enjoyed our conversation and a loud altercation between the hostess and the cook. The waitress, noting our discomfort made excuses for the feud, saying it was "normal". Normal? Soon after our salads arrived. The warm beet salad was very good and we were all looking forward to our entrees. That is where the pleasure ended. My eggplant tasted like a whole shaker of black pepper was dumped on it and my husband's pasta dish tasted like fish sauce and salt. To be fair, the pasta dish did have anchovies on it, however, the amount of salt added on top of the anchovies was almost lethal. Perhaps an error was made during the staff battle? We will never know. Other members of our party got the stew and said it was ok. No one finished their meal and none of us bothered to box it up. Between the cold, lack of professionalism and over seasoned food The Kitchen just doesn't cut it. Add the "fine dining" price tag to the experience and you feel, well, just plain cheated. We were really looking forward to another dining option close to home. Guess we will just have to keep looking.
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