3.5 Stars Overall Experience
4 Stars Price
3 Stars on Service
3.5 Stars on Enjoyment of Food
4 Stars on Atmosphere
I would say that this place was very “Ikea” looking to me. Nice lighting, big open space, light wood, and had two levels. Clean, minimal and I overall enjoyed the space.
Upon walking in I gave my name and was told by the host that he thought my dining partner was already seated upstairs and that if I checked and couldn’t find her to come back downstairs. I thought it was strange that he didn’t know where he seated her (I had made reservations) and also that I wasn’t escorted to my table. The waitress was pleasant, but not very attentive to the table (at one point I had to get the water jug myself to refill my friend’s glass) and she wasn’t great with helping on recommendations for food or drink.
It was $5 Martini night so I decided to indulge. I don’t drink them often so I asked our server what she would recommend for someone who would prefer something sweet. She suggested the pineapple one and as I enjoy pineapple I decided to give it a shot. It unfortunately had no pineapple taste and was served with egg white foam on top, which I wasn’t expecting in a martini. It was ok, but personally wouldn’t order again
The portion size was perfect for an appetizer. The dish was not what I was expecting based on the name, but tasted amazing. Instead of a butternut squash puree mixed into the sauce, there were chunks of butternut squash mixed in. The cranberries complimented the cheese and squash very nicely
I totally understand outside of the box thinking when it comes to traditional dishes, but I think they went a little too far here. The eggplant parmesan was anything but, which is disappointing when you are looking forward to something. The presentation was a bit weird (served in a pinwheel shape) and I felt it added no value to the dish. It was simply 3 long, thin half pieces of eggplant and I believe they scooped out the meat of the eggplant, mixed it with some other ingredients (couldn’t tell what as they added no distinct or interesting flavor) and stuffed it back in the shell. The texture was very mushy with a bit of a crusty outside. I ate it, but would never order it again and never call what I ate eggplant parmesan.
I enjoyed the dessert, but was disappointed that there was no sauce over it as the menu said it was served with a toffee sauce. Good thing the cake itself was moist and delicious. Was enjoyed, but the sauce would have made it that much better!
Yes. Winterlicious menu’s are restrictive so I usually cut my options down to a 3rd of what is offered. I am grateful this restaurant offered 2 appetizers, 1 entrée and all 3 desserts that were vegetarian friendly.
The Winterlicious set price menu was reasonable for what I got. The portions were small but for $25 I was satisfied
I would not be raving about it to my friends, but I would considering going back to give it another shot in spite of some of the flaws I experienced at this meal
Time of Dinner: 6:30pm
Date: Thursday Feb 4th, 2016
- French Martini
- Butternut Squash Risotto
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Apple and Walnut Pudding