Finally got to eat at Aussie and the Fox for lunch on Saturday after a trip to Central Market.
First of all, the space is beautiful. They've done a great job with it. The banquette seating was comfortable. All in all, a very inviting place.
I thought we were going to have a long wait, but it was just a large group all together waiting for a large enough table to be set up for them. So, we got seated right away, just my husband and me.
A fairly small detail that I really appreciated was the pitcher of filtered water we received upon being seated. Why don't more places do this?
Unfortunately, you could tell our server was flustered from the get-go. She took our drink orders although she couldn't recall the beers on tap and had to go back and check. Everything felt like it took just a little too long. To get our drinks, to take our order, to get our food. It was the big disappointment of our visit.
The food itself was above average, but I think we were so frustrated with the service that we couldn't get very enthusiastic about it. Husband got the Aussie burger. A huge creation that has everything from pickled beet to a fried egg on top of a cheeseburger. It's the kind of thing he typically oohs and awws over, but all I could get out of him was "yeah, it's good." He wouldn't say anything negative when pressed, but wasn't too excited either.
I was going to get the Fox burger (the basic one) but was too intrigued by the soup of the day, so I got the lunch combo which was a cup of the cauliflower cheese bisque with half of the turkey panini and a small side salad. The bisque was very, very good. Sadly, the panini was mediocre, with pancetta that was not crisp enough and turkey that was bland, and generally "under-stuffed." It was saved by an onion jam and very good bread that was grilled to perfection. The salad looked nice and fresh, but again, the dressing that accompanied it was very bland.
Despite this, I do think it is a place we will give another try. There were enough hits to balance the misses and the dinner menu looks intriguing. A second incident of bad service would knock this place off our list, though. I'd love to hear what kind of experience others have had.