My husband and I went to Bistro 45 last night to celebrate his new job. The food was very good, but the bad service we received was more remarkable. We are in our 20's, and were appropriately dressed, but most of the crowd there was considerably older and better dressed. I think our waiter concluded from looking at us that we wouldn't be spending enough money/tipping enough to deserve good service. The person who greeted and seated us was very nice and friendly, and even checked on us during the meal. Or waiter, however, was very cold and short when he took our order. I, the eternal optimist, interpreted his manner as an effort to be nonintrusive, but my husband immediately thought he was rude. My husband was right--a few minutes later, when our waiter greeted the middle-aged party of 4 next to us, he was very friendly and courteous. Husband boiled over in anger when he heard our waiter recite the specials to them--he hadn't even informed us that there were specials! We definitely felt like second class citizens. Further, my water glass was in need of refilling for much of the night--this never happens to me at less expensive restaurants.
I had the tempura pacific halibut, which was very good, and my husband had the porcini-dusted veal tenderloin, which was also very good. We had chocolate soup (their signature dessert) and praline baked alaska for dessert, which very also both good, although the chocolate soup was better. Neighboring tables got the vanilla creme brule, which had a very attractive hard sugar half-spere encasing it (hard to explain)...our waiter recommended it to the neighboring tables, but not to us of course.
In sum, the food was good (although not amazing), but we will never go back again.
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