Went to dinner at Marche. While the S.O. and I were not exactly regulars at Max, we did have several fine dining experiences there. Last night however, we dined with friends who - well - let's just say they were fixtures at Max. Because of our dining companions, our table received more than average attention from the staff. There is really zero negative to say about the service we received.
Sadly, the food was another story. First of all, they present the menu on a ridiculous wooden board with a rubber band holding together loose pages of menu and wine list. It's awkward and silly.
Secondly, the portions are all "bite size". You are intended to order several items just to make a regular size dinner portion. I started with the tepenade which, aside from being extremely and unusually salty, was so small that they should just offer it complimentary with bread, not actually charge and serve it as an appetizer. The S.O. had an arugula salad which is best described as 'barely edible' but yet, was the most generous portion of the night.
We next had gnocchi. That was laughable. There were 4, maybe 5, tiny, tiny dumplings in a bland sauce. Awful. We also had the halibut - which actually was not bad - not great - but not bad. We had the potatoes which were -- well potatoes. The coup de grace, however, was the pork belly. It literally makes me nauseaus to think back on it. Bad. Bad I tell you.
By the end of the meal everyone was so disappointed and disgusted that we all politely refused coffee and dessert and just ran out.
All in all it was quite the disappointment......and we couldn't help but feel that the entire time someone somewhere was having a good laugh at everyone in the restaurant carrying on with such a ridiculous charade!