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Caseus, New Haven--grumble

tarte tatin | | Mar 26, 2009 08:35 AM

Finally tried Caseus last night and loved it EXCEPT:
They charge $5 for bread and butter! What? Given that many a French dish, such as moules frites call for a good slurping sponge, it felt like we were being held up.
One's waiter is responsible for much of the meal. Instead of a bartender, the waiter (Chris in our case) poured our beers which were literally half full. There are no lines on the glasses. Later, we saw another waiter fill the beer to the rim. Obviously we ordered another beer from her. Worse, the $14 cheese plate prepared by Chris was so bare I was shocked he dared served it. Each sample, most of which was rind, was so small it was hard to share. The accompaning bread, again, was pathetically sparse. He neglected the confiture relish. Just to rub salt in the wound, the folks next to us got a lucious cheese plate with jam, bread and a smile.
I'm still a little too pissed to rave about the areas in which they shine, but the food was mostly very good. Monkfish was fresh with a keffir/lemongrass sauce. Avoid the mealy, tasteless tarte. Can't go wrong with moules frites. If anyone ever tries the bread, let us know if it was worth 5 bucks.

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