Boyfriend and I went to 1789 for dinner on Saturday for the anniversary. The evening started off well and ended well but there were some missteps in between.
We were seated in the front room, which was lovely. Past dinners were had upstairs where the space feels less intimate to me. The front room had all tables full but it's wasn't noisy or overcrowded.
The boyfriend doesn't drink so I chose a riesling from the wines by the glass section. (the 1789 site isn't up now or I would have the exact name for you.) It took a little while (5-10 minutes) for the drinks to come but that was a minor issue.
Waiter brought out an espresso cup with a carrot saffron cream soup. Just the right amount as the soup was extremely rich, with small pieces of carrot and golden raisins. Delicious!
Boyfriend ordered the roast chicken with wild mushrooms, sherry, mashed potatoes and endive gratin. I ordered the Alaska halibut with fava beans, spring peas, mashed potatoes and a fennel cream sauce.
The chicken was phenomenal, with the sherry and wild mushrooms creating a rich "gravy" on the plate. BF didn't care for the endive gratin but I happily took it off his hands. The dish also included some sauteed spinach, which wasn't on the menu but was perfect.
The halibut was perfect, with a crispy top to cover the meltingly soft flesh of the fish. I couldn't really taste any fennel in the cream sauce, but the scattering of salmon roe across the dish gave it a nice briny pop to play off the subtle flavor of the halibut.
For dessert, we split the strawberry-rhubarb tart with an almond streussel and lemon ice cream. The kitchen split the dessert onto two plates which was nice of them. We loved different parts of this dish. I loved the lemon ice cream and the crunchy almond streussel, while the BF loved the crust of the tart. I wish there had been more fruit but we both loved the rhubard syrup that accompanied the dessert. All of this was eaten with a wonderfully strong cup of coffee.
On to the only complaints of the evening: the service! I know that a restaurant like 1789 doesn't rush its patrons, which is a nice change of pace. But we had to ask for water refills while all the other tables around us were seen to numerous times, I was never asked if I wanted more coffee, and the wait in between receiving the menu and ordering was a bit too long, as it was for receiving the check. I know these seems like small issues but when you're in a restaurant as great as 1789, I feel the service should be top-notch. We were in a small room with two main waiters and a number of secondary people. The secondary waiters were excellent, taking things off the table when they weren't needed etc. But the two main gentlemen ignored us for most of the time while stopping to chat at other tables, including the couple next to us celebrating their anniversary as well. Slightly problematic.
Will these issues stop us from going back? No, but I hope next time is better. The food and ambiance are far too good to let something like this ruin the whole thing.