I had lunch last Friday at clarklewis. Naturally, my expectations were high considering the recent press and foodie accolades. Well, the food was good, very one dimentional, not a lot of spread concerning texture, color, distinguishing one dish from the rest . But, I was Very Disapointed at the lack of service and education of the staff.
Any inquiry (may I have a second espresso), (may I have some bread, I will be pleaaed to add it to the check), (may I anything) was looked at with dramatic slacker indignation. WHAT?
I left an above average tip without thinking that I should have left nothing because cafeteria service requires none.
Restaurant of the Year! How about better than average cuisine (that's for Portland, less for any larger city) with a nod to the Do It Yourself network.
I will take the gracious service and level cuisine at Tabla, or bar food at Higgens over that media hype anytime.