I will start by saying, this week is the soft opening..They're still trying to work out the kinks (which there are a plethora of).
The place itself is lovely and even has cute garden seating.
All that aside, let's get to the food and service.
From what the waiter says, L'ybane serves French/Lebanese food, but after two hours of sitting and eating, I still don't get it.
They bring out a complimentary tray of mixed nuts (right out of a Planter's jar), raw julienned carrots, (plain, not even pickled or seasoned) radishes (again, plain) and Shop Rite jarred, green, salad olives. They should be ashamed to put that on tables.
We had our menu chosen, 4 apps and one entree. Two of the four apps they didn't have. So, we got the crispy cheese rolls (basically a cheese empanada), crispy beef rolls (a beef empanada), meatballs and cheese in a pita. The cheese in a pita never came out (even after informing the waiter). The meatballs were awful. Dry and tasteless. The others, well, they were what they were. Nothing special.
For our main entree we ordered the spaghetti misti. Four kinds of spaghetti with HORRIBLE sauces. Although large portions (probably totaled two pounds of spaghetti), Chef Boyardee does a better job. All four pasta's were spaghetti (on the upside, spaghetti was cooked to perfection). One was a fish sauce (SALAD shrimps and mussels in a red sauce), the second was eggplant and red pepper with a red sauce, the third was chunks of white meat chicken in what looked like pasta water and sprinkled with cinnamon and the last (oh and this is the winner) was a red sauce, chopped fresh tomatoes and CUCUMBER! CUCUMBER!!!!????! Which also happened to be the garnish on our appetizer plates!!!! Awful. None of these had any taste whatsoever. Bland as can be and honestly, not even edible.
We also ordered a bottle of rose which came to out table cold, but not kept chilled. Just left on our table. When you 're paying $35 for a bottle of rose, you expect it to stay chilled throughout.
The waiters were clumsy and had no idea what was going on. They wandered around, forcing sweaty glasses of water on people, handing us our dinner plates because there were other plates on the table. The only explanation for such horrible waitering being tolerated is that they are related to the owner/chef, but no one looked alike.
Oh and we also received a complimentary (well, it was complimentary or they forgot to charge us) drink off of their very amateur bar menu (which included a $13 Tequila Sunrise; they still make those?). It was a champage cocktail with mango puree served in a beaker. Quite delish.
Let's hope L'ybane gets their act together, otherwise it will last just as long as the Tijuana Yacht Club.
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