Oh dear. We were looking forward to our tasting menu lunch at C, for which we were using a Groupon.
First of all, the important stuff - the food was very, very good and executed competently, with one quibble and one exception. With the bisque, there were four pieces of seafood - an oyster, a piece of spot prawn, a piece of Dungeness crab and a piece of lobster. The quibble - could it not be ALL seafood from BC, when there is so much here? I found the lobster somewhat tasteless, and as an Easterner (born and bred iN Boston, lived in Nova Scotia for many years), just not what it should be. On the other hand, the bisque broth was exquisite. My exception - the piece of halibut in my bouillabaisse was woefully overcooked. This should not happen in a restaurant priding itself on its fish preparations. But the real problems were the service and the pacing. There were long stretches between courses (except, oddly enough, the dessert course, which arrived quite quickly). No apologies were offered. My companion had to ask a busboy for another glass of wine, my second glass of wine arrived when I was over halfway finished with the course I had wanted it to accompany, and, after we had been asked if we would like more bread and said yes, no bread arrived. Ever. No apologies for any of this, either.
Too bad...what should have been a lovely, celebratory lunch turned out to be not so lovely after all.
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