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Nin-Ten = Food 8/Service 2

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Nin-Ten = Food 8/Service 2

Mysinhs | Jan 21, 2006 11:08 AM

Not so hot last night on the last day of Restaurant Week.

Oh, the food was good enough, but the service was seriously lacking, extremely amateurish. The 15 year old hostess who seated us didn't leave a wine list. 10 minutes later the 17 year old waitress stopped by for the drink order but had to give us the wine list first. 15 minutes later she came back to get the order. They were out of the wine we selected. While we waited 25 minutes to even have our drink order taken, the waitstaff was unoccupied and apparently oblivious to any guests in the restaurant. If you've got time to lean you've got time to clean, or something like that, you've got time to wait on tables. Unobtrusive service is one thing, non-existent service quite another. Service was rather "don't ask/don't tell". Attempts to get our waitresses attention - or the attention of anyone on the floor - went unanswered.

Other than an undersalted soup selection, the food was actually good. The lemon sauce with the sea bass was incredibly intense and the onion and thyme risotto with the scallops heavenly. The use of fennel in unusual ways was delightful, especially with the panna cotta. But how ever good the food was, the whole experience was marred by the underaged and under trained service staff. Ultimately a disappointing dining experience.

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