Perhaps trying a new restaurant on Valentine Day is not the best idea. However, we really had our expectations set high based on the large number of glowing reviews. As others have reported this restaurant is somewhat of an oasis in an otherwise dismal shopping center. Nonetheless, the interior of the restaurant is well appointed and congenial.
I opted for the fried oyster appetizer. The four oysters were plump but the breading tasted of oil that badly needed to be changed. The dish suffered as a result.
I ordered the rack of lamb in red-wine sauce. My wife ordered the filet mignon. The lamb was served sliced from the bone in a scant amount of heavy wine sauce. While presented well the lamb was rather tasteless. Fortunately, there wasn't much sauce but the little that was served was rather thick and did not complement the dish at all. The bones were served apart from the meat. My wife's filet was served initially a bit too rare for her taste (despite her order). Even after heating again it was still a bit on the rare side for her. However, it was a quality piece of meat and she did enjoy it.
We were offered quite a variety of deserts - primarily various types of pastry. I chose the chocolate and banana tart which was quite tasty and a nice ending to the meal.
Service was extremely good - almost too good. Appetizers were served almost immediately after ordering and the main courses shortly thereafter.
This restaurant has quite a nice wine list consisting of a large number of Argentinian, Spanish, and Italian wines. They also serve some of these by the glass. The ones we chose (a Riesling and a Pinot Grigio were both very good.
Overall, this is not a bad place. It has a lot going for it - many fish choices on the menu, good service, good wines. However, our first impressions were that given their prices we would expect the food to be much better than average. It was also slightly annoying that they wouldn't honor their web coupon despite the fact that it did not have any particular restriction that would exclude a holiday. Others, sitting close to us commented on this as well.
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