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Corduroy - way missed the mark


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Corduroy - way missed the mark

leah | | Dec 30, 2006 01:25 AM

By all accounts, Corduroy should have been a memorable experience, am I right? Well, it was memorable - but not positive.
Please tell me if it was just an "off" day or are all of you hounds who write glowing reviews really in love with the place and willing to put up with crappy service and very long waits.
If so, what are you in love with?
OK, on to our experience:
Wed. Dec 27th
12:15 reservations for two- (one table occupied the dining room upon our arrival).
12:40 our food order taken (we had been served our glass of wine by now)
1:00 appetizers arrive (not kidding!)
(spring rolls were delicious and the goat cheese app very nice)
1:30 entree's served. Nothing to write home about (monk fish + roasted chicken breast with tiny ravioli which reminded me of a glorified chicken noodle soup / nothing close to what the menu or the server described.
All the while, approximately 6 other tables filled up in the dining room. Everyone waited for their food just as long.
2:00 no time for dessert, as we had a 2 hr parking meter running out of time.
Decor: personally, I could go either way describing it. I wanted to love the place, so when I sat down, I thought "comfortable" (somewhat worn out and boring) but wouldnt have bothered me had the food and/or service been what I was expecting.
A very sad Christmas flower wimped out of a vase which was center stage in the room. I think this is where "hotel" environment plays into the picture. Who was around during the Holiday week that cared about the atmosphere?
The kitchen was ridiculously slow.
The place was totally understaffed in the front and the back
(but then again, with less than 8 tables in the course of two hours....maybe they thought they could do it?)
$120 later - total disappointment.

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