WAS AT FRAICHE AT 6PM tonight. I had been there 3 times. I requested a table not near the service area, since they were FAR from being busy, i thought it wasn't such a huge request. the fat, euro looking host/ wanna-be maitre-d said to me that if i didn't want the table he was 'giving" me, i could "take it or leave it"...I waited for my date to decide. I was fuming. I wasn't asking for the world, just a table we could sit at for an hour or so. NO GO. My date insisted we stay, so I followed their lead. My beet salad was very good, then lost my appetite when the surrounding traffic (table) became unbearable. My date decided to just leave after i informed them of the fat guy's rude commentary. The waiter offered his apologies. He finally moved us to another table. An area I originally asked for and STILL was not occupied (and continued to be opened even after we left!) We ordered the special fish, it was delivered incomplete. Server NEVER came by to ask to see how our food was. Nobody cared. The 2 guests next to us waited for olive oil and balsamic v. for a long time after they requested from the waiter. They ordered the same fish special, only theirs had something more on top that ours did not. Felt so shafted. When I asked the waiter (he says that he just started 2 weeks ago) why the difference, he was patronizing with a "tough jvdsifvubnifvu" attitude only found in Los Angeles. It seemed as though the MAGIC TOUCH WAS DIMINISHING BEFORE OUR VERY EYES. Service fell apart. Server FINALLY came over with dessert menus. 4 minutes later he came by with the check. I was furious.
maybe we might want the chese plate, or perhaps a dessert???!!! What the hell? I have gotten better service at Norm's! We will never return to this dream place that is not worth the time. I must say the fish was very good. If only the Kitchen staff taught the inexperienced, immature front-of-the-house how to function.....then we might get some mileage from this place. But I don't think so.