Had dinner last night at Matyson and I have to agree it is noisy and I suspect that cost it a bell because otherwise in my opinion it deserves three bells. The noise is probably worsened by all the hard surfaces with no carpet, tablecloths, or draping to absorb sound plus it seems to attract a fair number of large groups. Just about everyone brings several bottles of wine so that also probably contributed to the loud noise. However, we did not have to scream at each other to be heard.
Anyway we each had an appetizer - mine was the polenta and mushrooms which was excellent and very rich tasting although a little on the smallish side. Hubby had the mussels which another chowhound had recommended and they were well worth the price both in portion size and taste. I had the strip steak which was delicious and came with purple roasted potatoes and some type of peppers. He had the roasted chicken which came with garlickly mashed potatoes and I think green beans. It was also very good and at $15 fairly reasonable. The rolls were unusual and very tasty in that they had a number of different types of seeds. For dessert I had the chocolate torte which came with small carmelized banannas and a small dip of ice cream. Yummy,although hubby thought the banannas uncessary. He had the apple turnovers also with ice cream which he liked alot. We each also had a decaf coffee which was very good.
The bill (including a bottle of sparkling water) came to about $80. While the portions except for the mussels and chicken were somewhat on the small side (but only in relationship to some other restaurants which give you too much to eat) I was more than full when I was done dessert. A very enjoyable experience made all the more so but the female co-owner stopping by the table a few times to see how we liked everything. When I mentioned "Chowhound" she was very appreciative of all the favorable mention provided on this board.
I would definitely go back.
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