So many things I can list that went wrong last night:
1) The waitress walked past me three times with the bread basket and didn't serve me bread
2) Took forever to get their attention to get a wine list
3) The Reisling they served (at $42 a bottle) was warm
4) The Grenache we ordered to go with the mains came out only after everyone was halfway through tucking into the mains
5) The coffee and tea order was taken after we were served desserts
6) Sugar and milk for our English Breakfast was brought out only after we had already consumed one cup of black tea
I am not sure if I missed anything else, but for a place that has faultless food and a respectable wine list, we didn't enjoy the experience one bit which was a terrible shame and the reason we only left a 5% tip instead of our standard ten.
Granted, the company was my restaurant crowd, a group of us who trained together in the art of wine appreciation and table service back in uni when we all worked in a Darling little restaurant in the Harbour. It may not have been my most glamourous job yet, but it certainly taught us the art of enjoying a fine meal and sealed some lasting friendships amongst us, a teenage group of ungoverned students living in a world of opportunity and hope.
Now, on to the plus of last night. I don't think I could really fault the food, a French-Japanese affair.
My three course meal of $55 were constructed of the following delights:
Roasted quail breast, gourmet salad, porcini Madeira sauce, Poisson Du Jour, Minute bake gateau chocolate, strawberry cream tower
|Other Mains around the table: Spatchcock en croûte de sel a la Haru, Twice cooked Lamb saddle, lamb rib, couscous and ratatouille, Slow cooked duck “Akita sugi-ita yaki”|
|Other Desert options: Refreshing Lemongrass pannacotta with coconut sorbet, pineapple salad, Traditional Crème Brûlée with coffee ice cream and crushed almonds|