Had dinner at Shiro on North St. last night. It's the second time I ate there; the first visit was for lunch. Have eaten in the GB restaurant a number of times and usually found it adequate to good.
Both visits to North St. brought the same server, a capable adult woman. Last night 4 of us met early for drinks, and 3 stayed for an early dinner. We were there primarily to get together, and the food was secondary. But we all had wine and a cooked meal. As to the meals--two different tempuras and a noodle dish. The tempura was light, crispy and without grease; my shrimp were fresh and perfectly cooked. The noodle dish was rather bland, tasting mostly just of soy sauce, and my companion justifyably complained that there were jvery few other ingredients, including the veggies.
Service to that point was, well, rather brisk. Soup or salad was immediatelt followed by our meals....but no compliants at that point.
For those of you who haven't been here, it's a smallish restaurant that has maximized its seating. We placed our dinner order a little after 6. At about 6:50 the server brought our bill. We were never asked if we wanted hot drinks or an after dinner drink. One friend asked a dessert question, but it was never brought up as an option to the rest of us.
About 5 minutes after putting down the bill the server picked it up. Apparently she had been lurking behind me watching us, something my companions were aware of but I missed. I smiled and said we hadn't even looked at the bill yet (not knowing she'd been wathcing) and she very seriously told us they had a reservation and needed the table.
Now I had been the first patron in; no one ever talked to me about where they would prefer we sat. We paid and left, all feeling like we'd been kicked out of the place. Had I seen a manager right there I would have said something. Both friends immediately decided they would NOT ever return.