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Anniversary dinner at Cliff's Edge

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Anniversary dinner at Cliff's Edge

annalulu | Nov 1, 2004 10:19 PM

Thanks for the suggestions a few days back regarding where to have an anniversary dinner. We ended up at Cliff's Edge since it's in our neighborhood. After walking by during their brunch on the weekend (which looked great!) we decided it would be a nice spot.

Our reservations were for 6:30 Monday, not a problem since it never filled up. We sat inside, it was very cozy and pleasant. There were heaters outside, but there was also a lot of honking due to some voter demonstration outside!

We had a bottle of sparkling wine, it was very nice. No idea what we ordered, we don't know much about wine so we base our choices on price, usually shooting for the middle of the road. $35 got us a bottle of something very sweet and festive.

I ordered the minestrone, which had a nice, light flavor. Husband ordered the Ceasar, the dressing had a nice anchovy kick, but was maybe a little too thick for our tastes. The flavor was very nice, though. I ordered the steak on a bed of spinach. The reduction around it was very sweet, but I like that kind of thing so I was in heaven. Husband ordered lamb (well done EEK) and they prepared it just to his liking. As is common when we both order meat, mine was tepid, probably because they had to wait for his to be done enough...I'm used to it, but would have liked a hotter meal. The portions were much smaller than I was expecting, but with no dish over $14.00, it was still a great deal.

For dessert, we shared the chocolate ganache cake...it had an odd garlicky flavor, not sure if that's from the fridge or if it's intentional. I have to say it kind of grew on me, though! Strange!

Total with tax and tip for bottle of wine, two apps, two entrees, two cups coffee, one dessert was $110.

Service was very nice and the mood was great, but could have been better...

Lately, there is always ONE thing that takes away from it being a perfect meal. In this case, the restaurant was empty, save for one other couple. We were seated about 4 tables from them, which kept things intimate for everyone. After about 5 minutes, a party of 4 arrived, and they were seated right up next to us. They were in the corner, and we were right adjacent. Nobody else came in for the rest of our meal. It was frustrating to be squished up against this other party when there was plenty of room in the restaurant, and only one server on duty anyway. We had to literally move out of the way when the expiditer came with their dishes, and they were speaking very loudly. Although we wanted to move, we felt settled and didn't want to have to uproot at that point. Why on EARTH would the hostess do this, we wondered? Another service mystery....

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