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Aire in Costa Mesa- REVIEW

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Aire in Costa Mesa- REVIEW

Mealcentric | May 15, 2006 10:13 PM

After reading the review in OCWeekly and the rec from another hound on this board, I headed over to Aire in the Camp with 6 coworkers for lunch. We walked in to find out we were the only people in the place. We were seated and our waitresse's fumbles began. She began with "let me explain the menu" and walked away. Very odd.

The menu is very short and for what it lacks in length it makes up with 6 pages of drinks. Not a good sign. Most of us ordered the "kobe" patti melt ($18) and one ordered the seared tuna salad ($15). We were told they were out of chicken (hmmm..maybe they sold out?). The chef was walking around the empty dining room and never bothered to come over. Though he did come over to the waitress and wisper that they now did have chicken, though this was 10 minutes after we placed our orders.

Anyways, 35 minutes later our entress arrived. The kobe melt were cut in half and stacked on a plate which contained a chinese food takeout box with either thick cut fries or greens. The greens were probably about two forkfulls in volume and the patty melt was pretty small itself. I asked for my greens to not be dressed but they came dressed, and I feared sending it back and waiting another 30 minutes. The poor girl who ordered the tuna salad was looking at a plate the size of my palm with 5 tiny slices of tuna next to a small bed of greens and fried tofu.

Taste? The pattis were all over cooked and lacked any beefy flavor. I was really disapointed. They used "brigante" cheese which brought nothing to the party as far as taste. The grrens were a simple mix of field greens, nothing more or less.

We were in a rush so some people ordered the "milk shake dessert" to go. It took 35 minutes to get our bill and when we asked about the shakes, our waitress replied "oh they are ready and in the back" Where's the logic in that?!!

During the entire course of our 1/5 hour lunch I only saw one other table with people. I wont be returning, unless its to sample their six page drink menu.

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