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Ambler Restaurants - Surprised by Bridget's, let down by Shanachie

Kater | | Nov 13, 2010 06:27 AM

I'm not sure how we've managed to overlook Bridget's for so many years but I was very pleasantly surprised last night. Our habit had been to go to the Shanachie for dinner, hit the theater for a movie and then head back over and talk about the movie over drinks. However the last time we went to the Shanachie the food and service were so awful that I was not willing to go back.

Initially we decided to go to From The Boot, in large part because of the glowing reports on Chowhound. It is not my habit to go out for Italian food because I am often disappointed or simply feel that their dishes are not as good as mine. Still I was excited but when I learned that I could not make a reservation and we would likely wait at least a half an hour at 8pm on a Friday night we decided to go another way. We put FTB on our list for a mid week supper sometime.

I made my reservation at Bridget's using Open Table via their website. When we arrived, I was first stunned by the noise level in the bar. Next the very polite host apologized and explained that our table was not ready. We were seated at a high top in the bar and had drinks while we waited. It was very loud in the bar area but also seemed loud in the adjoining dining room. We wondered if we would have been less likely to encounter a delay if I had called the restaurant directly to make the reservation but we also noted that many restaurants expect patrons with reservations to wait twenty or thirty minutes at the bar without so much as an apology.

We enjoyed the tuna duo, scallop and sweet potato gnocchi, mandarin duck and a bass special entree with shrimp ratatouille. With the exception of the tuna, which was presented nicely but not particularly flavorful or well prepared, the dishes were really very good. I thought the prices were right on point given the level of preparation, food quality and service. Bridget's strikes a great balance between great food quality and comfort. Once we were away from the noise it was very relaxing and not at all formal. We will definitely go back.