Service Staff: 3/ 5 stars
Quality of food: 2.5/ 5 stars (SO Disappointing)
Atmosphere: A little noisy…..but nice cozy place with a nice romantic lighting.
Last Visit: January 17, 2012
I was expecting great things from this restaurant seeing how the ratings (86%), comments, & ZAGAT recommendation it received were all quite positive. However….it really wasn’t all it was hyped up to be. Service wasn’t bad…but the food in general was either normal or mediocre…
The appetizers were thoroughly disappointing…
The crispy calamari was NOT crisp enough & the seasoning was somewhat lacking. God I miss Maggiano’s.
The crab & shrimp cakes were beyond average. Palesin comparison to Quail’s Gate by a mile. The flavour of the sauce was for a lack of a better word….weird. And the crab bits & shrimps weren’t shredded enough.
It made absolute sense why it would be considered a chef specialty. Even the side of crostini was
The sauce tasted like it included lobster in it though. Regardless….I’d give this dish an 8/10…I did deduct 2 points from this dish because of the preparation of the shrimp (too salty) & I felt sand in 2 of my clams though. But yeah….otherwise….if all the other dishes were of a similar standard, I would have been perfectly happy. I honestly think this restaurant does their fishes really well ….cause the fish in my Bouillabaisse, *MUAH* perfection.
HOWEVER….It was interesting that the chefs didn’t know whether the soup or the sauce that comes on the side of the soup has lobster in them or not. It seems… the bouillabaisse soup comes from the other sister restaurant. You’d think that the first thing the sister restaurant would do after delivering the soup would be to tell them whether the soup includes anything that people might be allergic to or not.
Seafood Linguini…..1 word: sour
Spaghettini…..6 words: I hope you like “VERY SOUR!!”
Both Spaghettini & Seafood Linguini were $21….I suggest if you ever do decide to try this restaurant because of all the various other positive reviews. Order the Seafood Linguini if you’re deciding between the two. It’s worth the $21 a tad bit more.
They had an interesting Chef’s Monthly Special (Dec 17th – Jan 17th)
MARGRET DE CANARD SOLD OUT @ 7pm. (only other option was a lobster dish at an extra cost of $30)
The Shellfish Steamer…was once again….sour.
The Anisette Crusted Ahi Tuna was actually not bad. Seared to perfection. Once again…fishes are done really well here. & the presentation of the fish in the shape of a heart was sweet. Too bad the pros don’t seem to outweigh the cons.
Mocha cheesecake – rough and uneven texture….both Cheesecake etc & Thomas Haas would win hands down in a cheesecake competition… Heck…even Berry Good does better cheesecake than them…..and from me, a better CHEESECAKE at Berry Good is not a compliment.