Four avid CHowhounds (and two of their SOs) got together at Foster's for dinner this week.
Speaking for myself and my SO, we had a splendid time and thought our meals, and all shared food consumed, was spectacular. There was hardly a complaint.
Attending was Don Shirer, Kattyeyes, linguist, his wife, me and my SO.
The restaurant quickly became nearly full and remained that way for much of the evening. I would guess we left around 9PM and it was still quite populated. At times it was a little noisy, but most of the time you could carry on a normal conversation. Thanks, much in part to cloth clouds and cloth pillars in the room. It is effective and makes for a nice visual accent. Foster's is a nice restaurant. There is attention to detail. David Foster frequently makes the rounds and talks to customers. He is a huge man and hard to miss, even without the colorful chef's pants he wears).
We had wine glasses changed out and silverware replaced. The only thing I did not see done was a crumbing of the table. Our waitress was very professional in almost every aspect. I though her slightly overbearing when linguist was trying to decide on a white wine and she started helping him pick one with twenty questions (as if he was ignorant), when he was just debating and hesitating. He is not ignorant of wines!
Our rare blackened tuna was perfect. The herbed calamari steak was fantastic and the peanut butter and jelly cheesecake was very good. The tart appetizer was very tasty, but the pastry shell was overworked and pretty tough. That is all I can complain about. The slider appetizer I tried was vey good and the salad and pasta dishes I tasted were all very good.
To me, with the restaurant as busy as it was, they did a magnificent job taking care of us.
This was my and SO's second visit to Foster's and we will definitely be back again, soon.
Hopefully, others will chime in and add their own perspective.
56 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06510