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IXIA- not what I expected


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IXIA- not what I expected

maddogg280 | | Jan 19, 2009 05:06 AM

DH and I went to Ixia on Saturday night with high expectations.
The space was lovely- the dining room was magical with lighting and design. Just gorgeous. Our server was professional and attentive without being overly so. There were not as many diners there as I would have expected for a Saturday night- but with the economy the way it is and the pricing on their menu, I guess it was not a surprise.
We had cocktails before dinner- I tried a specialty martini called Rosemary's Baby ($15) and loved it- gin, dry vermouth, rose water and a sprinkle of herbs d'provence. Very creative and tasty.
For appetizers, I ordered lobster mac n'cheese ($19) and DH ordered beef taretare ($16- I think?) Both were delicious- but my dish was swimming in oil and very heavy.
Then, DH ordered three cheese selection (each came with a compliment of sweet spread- fig, apple, etc for $13) and I ordered what I thought was going to be a light salad- it was loaded with cheese sprinkles, anchovies and a heavy dressing that came on the side.
For entrees, DH had steak ($38) and I had duo of beef ($32). My duo consisted of filet and 'pot roast'. Filet was VERY undercooked (i requested medium) and sitting in puddle of gravy and 'pot roast' was very fatty and served atop mashed potato. All in all, every thing was what I would call 'heavy handed' and over done. Even the few pieces of brussels sprout leaves were soaked in a mayonaisey-sauce.
Since our expectations were so high, I'm not surprised we were disappointed. We eat out so seldom these days (due to changes in finances) that I was really looking forward to the best. And at these prices, it really should have been, in my opinion.
I'd like to hear what others' experiences have been there of late.