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Long Summerlicious review of Tempo Restaurant (dinner)

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Long Summerlicious review of Tempo Restaurant (dinner)

oohlala | Jul 10, 2005 12:14 AM

As with every restaurant outting, there are always good and bad memories. Let's begin with the good ones at Temp. The food was delicious. For the appetizer, we had edamame that was coated with garlic sea salt and chilli pepper, soft shell crab maki, and sea bream slices with what tasted like lemon juice, deep fried shallots and other goodies, matumoto oyster with lime chilli salsa. This course was fantastic. For the main course we had pan seared tuna with pureed and sliced daikon with arugula leaves in a tasty soy sauce-sesame dressing, and roasted duck breast with arugula and shitake mushroom salad, with iranian roasted figs. Again, amazing. Finally, for dessert we had Kensington Market Organic Ice Cream (strawberry star anise black pepper) and double dark chocolate fudge tart. The food was tasty in our mouths.

The bad news, in short, is that the management is severely defficient in many aspects. The wait staff were numerous but yet infinitely slow at responding to our needs. To make matters worse, we could not tell who was part of the wait staff as they were all casually dressed without even a name tag or a pad paper at their sides to indicate that there were there to serve us. Our food was delievered by three different people and was poorly timed. My girlfriend had been served her appetizer and entree before mine came. In the end, we shared each course because everything was so poorly timed. My appetizer arrived after I had devoured half of my girlfriends appeitzer and entree. What was most infuriating was that one of my three waiters came to collect our dinnerware, not knowing that I had not been served my entree. I had to remind her twice. When the roasted duck finally arrived, it was luke warm.

As an aside, we were offered edamame beans in the very beginning as if it had been a courtesy of the kitchen (like bread in most restaurants), but in fact we were charged for them. And I may be wrong, but I thought Summerlicious was in the spirit of offering gourmet food without the gourmet prices. We had compared the items we ordered with the regular menu and it turns out that not only were we not offered a discount (in the spirit of summerlicious), but they actually had profited an extra $6 from our dinner. Call me cheap, but I may as well have gone to Tempo on a regular day and paid regular price.

If they can get their management under control, perhaps I may return - but in the meantime, I can look elsewhere to satisfy my needs for asian-fusion cuisine. I'm sure there are places out there.....

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