Well, this is a hard one to write but promised the manager I would tell it like we experienced it. I had eaten here several times before in the past 10 years but not since they have started a semi-new menu. My wife and I were entertaining long-term and close friends from Houston and wanted to impress them with our restaurant scene. Thus our gambit began. I had called ahead for reservations a week ahead and am glad I did based on the crowded tables by the time we finished our meal.
We were promptly seated and presented with the slender menu without the extensive sauce listings from prior dining experiences here. But, the thumping,noise level of the PA system was obnoxious. So when our waiter arrived, we gently asked it to be turned down after he took our drink order. He promptly did so and brought the evening manager over to discuss this request. The manager indicated that the owner insists on the pulsing, contemporary noise and offered to move us to a quieter section of the restaurant which was promptly accomplished. It was somewhat more quiet but still difficult to hold a normal conversation level discussion. Next, the meal entrees on the menu looked familiar and as usual, I ordered the venison. However, for starters, we ordered the combo plate of breads, cheeses and meats. These are served on a large plate with other savory items including candied pecans, sliced apple, with lovely sauces. Very delicious and plenty for almost a meal in itself.
We each ordered a different entree and the kitchen began preparation. Each entree looked lovely as it was served and my venison was simply stupendous for flavor and tenderness. The other dishes were also met with favor: the scallops, the lamb and the chicken were deemed to be delicious. We did not try any of the sauces available and I was sorry I had forgotten to order several to try once again. We all devoured our plates with great gusto.
Before dessert, the manager brought over a house special - Dragon's Breath!!! I don't remember the description about what it was except there were some macaroons and frozen strawberries looking lovely in their presentation. However, it was most novel with the dried ice used to cover the dish in fog and chill the plate. We then tried the strawberries and macaroons only to breathe smoke on our own. What a clever effect. I urge everyone to try this unique dish!!!
For dessert, two of us ordered the strawberry-lime sorbet. An ordinary dessert but delicious which certainly complemented a delectable meal. This despite the noise and thumping in the background from the too loud sound system.
I am not a restaurateur but I eat at restaurants all over the US and the UK.. I think an owner does a great disservice to their guests if they do not abide by a simple request to turn down the damned sound so guests can have a reasonable conversation during dinner. Despite the superior meal and excellent service, we cannot return in order to save our hearing ability.
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