I have been looking forward to going to this restaurant for over a year and when Orange Coast magazine declared them "Restaurant of the Year"...I decided to celebrate my birthday there. We had 7:00pm reservations on a Saturday and boy...was it packed. I couldn't believe how early it was yet there wasn't an empty table. We sat in front of a party of about 50 people...that may be where the problems started.
I always have my favorite and most memorable food from every restaurant and I hold those as my level of "holding the bar high"...is that so wrong? The appetizers were good, nothing memorable and the flavor was okay. The bread basket and that very tasty sweet butter...I could have eaten all night long on that alone...oh yeh...I did. That is what I will remember only. The salads were good....and my corn and lobster fritter was okay. Tasted the corn..but where was the lobster? The sauce that it came with was very limited in quantity.....and I should have asked for more...but instead, I had more of that butter and bread.
Dinner...well...three of our steaks came lukewarm. I would have sent it back but we waited such a long time for dinner and remember that party of 50....we opted for eating lukewarm steaks. I asked for steak sauce since I heard they make all their condiments....and it never came. Vegetables..they came from their wonderful garden but I thought that they were not generous with the amount it came with. My husband's grill mix....okay.
Dessert....I compare to Zov's any dessert...it has to wow me or least make me savour every morsel...but it, again, was just okay.
I am going to give it another try.......because why else were there so many people? Maybe I will lower the bar a tad and not be so disappointed.
Has anyone else experience this at Park Ave????