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Far Niente -long review

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Far Niente -long review

Anoko | Jan 1, 2006 02:55 PM

Me and my SO had our New Years dinner last night at Far Niente, so here's my two cents.

For appetizers we started out with the Charcuterie Board and the Crab Cakes. Charcuterie Board consisted of foie gras that was made into a spread along with prosciutto, Serrano Ham Toast and Melons. I thought the Melons could have been bigger instead of these tiny balls. It was just very out of proportion compared to the proscuitto. This dish was good.
For the CRAB CAKES, it was all crab meat, no other fillings. The was the only good comment I could give it. The taste was a bit on the bland side, Even the greens on the side had more zest. This dish was alright, have had way better though.

For Main, I had the Atlantic Salmon and my SO had the Filet of Beef.
For the FILLET OF BEEF, it had potato hash, wild mushrooms, and cipollini onions. My SO requested for medium rare and found it to be more then medium done, It was really dry. We know that each rest. has their own standard of medium rare. So we asked our server whether this is their standard of medium rare. He told us that usually in FINE DINNING restaurants like theirs, this is how medium rare is cooked. So he left and came back very soon and told us that if we cut more into the meat it would be less done and left again. The meat was well done throughout, and near the end, our server came back and asked if we would like to replace it. Thanks for the offer, should of asked us that in the beginning when we showed you that the meat was to well done??? I'm sure if this dish was medium rare, It would have been the best dish we had.
The ATLANTIC SALMON, well, tasted like salmon made at home. It came along with lentils, spinach, apples and this mustard Creme Fraiche. Again, nothing exciting about this dish. Not a dish that I would crave for later. There has been restaurants that I went back again and again for their salmon fish.

The server offered us free desserts. Nice, but we had no more appetite.
We found our server to be rude when he told us that all FINE DINNING restaurants cooked medium rare the same way. So was he trying to tell us that we know nothing about fine dinning or was he trying to argue with our tastebuds?
The grand total for wine, food, tips and tax was $195.
Besides the poor service, we felt that the new renovation was really nice, more upscale but the food wasn't really to yummy though. Even though it wasn't expensive but for the same price there are alot more places that offer dishes which will excite your taste pallettes.

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