So, trying to rekindle the romance, we went out for a late night dinner last night. A few weeks ago it was a movie (Star Trek - if you are old like me and grew up with Captain Kirk and .Bones - you will LOVE IT) and dinner at Chez Levesque and last night it was just dinner at Lemeac - their after 10:00 menu. I've been to Lemeac a few times and always had a good experience so I do have basis for comparison - although it was my first time for the after 10. I don't know if the kitchen personnel switches over for the later night crowd or what, but the food and service were uninspired. There was just no zingg and if this were the first I was there, I wouldn't necessarily be inclined to go back. I had the minestrone with sausage (one paltry slice of maybe chorizo?) in a bland broth with crunchy veg (the veg were the good part), my husband had the tian of veg. with aged raw milk cheddar. Hmmm, where's the cheese? His main was beef tartare - which he claimed was quite dull and expected this since the waitress never asked him how spicy he wanted it so I'm assuming it's not made to order. A recently sampled tartare at Holder was markedly tastier. I had a salad tiede which was fine, but bland. I woulnd't say it was bad, but it was bland.
Since it was late, I didn't really want to stuff my face with the Pain Perdu, so I settled for a close second of the grilled pineapple. Alas and alack to my surprise, it was nothing like I remembered it, thinly sliced perfectly grilled pieced of pineapple layered with uber thin gingerbread - but this was just diced pineapple, which I don't think had seen a grill with a ginger thing and a quenelle of very good vanilla ice cream (I had asked to replace the anise flavoured one).
So overall, a very uninspiring meal. The service was also lackluster and uninterested.
Has anyone else had this kind of experience with the after 10 scene???