Thursday, June 10, 2010
June 10, 2010
We arrived at 4:30, and were promptly seated by our hostess in the small area inside the main door. I didn’t realize until later that the restaurant was actually at least twice that size. All other diners were ushered into an adjoining (and nicer) room. On each table was a fake tiger lily in a wine bottle, not even worthy of being called a silk flower. We were using a restaurant.com certificate I had purchased that day ($8.80 for $85 worth of food from two different restaurants). The waitress was well-informed about the use of the certificate and able to explain it’s usage to me.
We discovered we had to order at least $50 worth of food, so we began with an appetizer of deep-fried pickles with ranch dipping sauce. They were quickly prepared, hot, and tasty. I had a regular side salad, which was entirely iceberg lettuce with red onions, two grape tomatoes and two cucumber slices. My bleu cheese dressing came in a plastic lidded container marked with a B. The salad was very wet, leaving a puddle of water when I was done. My husband’s house salad was mixed greens with walnuts, red onions and raspberry vinaigrette (a little too vinegary). Pecans would’ve provided a better compliment. Savory, warm, seasoned bread was served in a basket lined with a paper napkin, which stuck to the bread and had to be carefully peeled away so as not to leave any bits of paper behind. Both of our entrees were perfect, but lacking in presentation. I had the twin tenderloins, well done, topped with a portabella mushroom and bleu cheese topping. My husband also had twin tenderloins, rare, with a cranberry and peppercorn sauce.
This brought our bill to $49.71, so we ordered a delicious chocolate layer cake for two. Actually, it could have been for four, as we brought half of it home. It was served with a dollop of whipped cream on the side, but, again, there was no presentation befitting such an expensive meal.
Our service was prompt and good, but I wouldn’t return as the meal was not worth the price we would have paid without the certificate. Each entrée was $19.95, and for that price I expect more than fake flowers, plastic tubs of salad dressing, and unadorned plates.