My husband's birthday is February 14, so we celebrate his birthday, not Valentine's Day. I wanted to take him somewhere special. Ten Tables seemed to fit the bill nicely, and their menus had some of his favorite foods, so I made a reservation.
We showed up last night only to be handed a prix fixe menu, and none of the foods that we had been looking forward to were on it. Don't get me wrong: the food was good, but it wasn't what we were expecting. It certainly wasn't what we would have ordered if we had been able to order from the full menu. When I called to make the reservation, I was never told that there would be a shorter fixed price menu, even when I mentioned that we were coming for my husband's birthday and not Valentine's Day. Also, we had been monitoring their website (which I thought was kept current) and I didn't see anything about a special menu for February 14. If I had known, I would have made a reservation for a different night, when we could have ordered the foods we truly love, or at least had a larger number of choices.
So, was I wrong to assume that it would be business as usual unless told otherwise? I would have guessed that a special menu would have been posted on their website, or that I would have at least been informed when I made the reservation. Maybe this is naive on my part.
Also, how common (or uncommon) are prix fixe menus on Valentine's Day in Boston? This is the first upscale restaurant that I have ever been to with a special Valentine's prix fixe menu (and we go out every year on February 14 to a special restaurant), so it seems very unusual to me. However, we have only lived in Boston for a year, so maybe it is more common here?