I invited a colleague to lunch. I called ahead to see if we would need reservations. (Last week, in the middle of the week, when my in laws were in town, the place was v crowded so we asked when they could seat us. They said maybe 30 minutes so we walked around the area shops. Then, thirty minutes later just when we were about to take our seats, they gave our table away. What?? ) So, thinking that was an off day, I returned today to meet a colleague. We took a table in the corner and ordered a bottle of wine. The waitress came back and told us they were out of that wine. Hmm. Ok so we found another wine. Well, it turned out they were out of that wine too. However, it seems our waitress was told that the cab franc from Italy that we wanted could be easily substituted with a cab franc from VA. Really? She poured us a glass and we both kind of grimaced. We then moved onto what would be our 4th choice. I was thinking, One day this will be comical, but right now this is embarrassing. My colleague looked over at the bottles of wine the waitress was looking at and then just reached over and said, “how about we open this one?” which was good…at least we knew it was in stock.
As for lunch….it gets better. We both ordered the roasted vegetable quiche. Except, well, they only had enough for one veg quiche. They could, however, make a crab quiche which my colleague quickly agreed to. So about 20 minutes later our quiches and salads arrive. As I tasted crab, I thought, oh no, I’m eating my colleague’s lunch. No, it would appear that they made crab quiche for both of us. Hmm. I would have never in my life ordered a crab-anything. I like crab, but not in my cakes and not in my quiche.
If this was my first or our second mediocre outing at Forlano’s, I’d give them a pass. Unfortunately, it wasn’t. I really enjoyed the first few dining experiences there. I’ll keep watching for the reviews to see if they improve. I sincerely hope they do. It seemed to have so much potential.
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