My wife and I decided to try Cowbell last night. While the place showed hints of promise, it was disappointing. It was packed and the two waiters and a counter-person had trouble keeping up. We started at the Bar with a bottle of Rosso di Montalcino from Fanti (expensive at $55) from a fairly limited wine list. We moved to a table and ordered an appetizer and our mains. 45 minutes later, the mains showed up, but no appetizer. After convincing the waiters that we had ordered an appetizer, the waiter who had taken our order re-appeared and told us that the appetizer appeared on his order slip, but not on the one in the kitchen. He apologized and asked if we still wanted it; we declined.
By 7:30 they were out of the chicken ballontine, which I had wanted so I had the beef pot pie. It had good flavour and pastry, but was under-salted. My wife had the veal blade steak, farm raised in Paisley, Ontario. It was very tender and had good flavour. To make up for the appetizer snafu, the waiter offered us free champagne, but we had finished the bottle of wine and didn't want any more alcohol. We split a complimentary dessert - Clafouti that was simply awful -a few sweet and sour cherries on a spongy cake that tasted more like an omelet,
The restaurant had some nice touches (the floor and the bathroom), ok seating and an ugly ceiling. The dinner took two hours from the time that we arrived (some of that was waiting for out table). The menu has only a few choices and by the time we left, they were substituting for most menu items.
We live relatively close, so I might go back in a few months, just to see if they have gotten it together, but then again, I might not - too many other good places.
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