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ADAGIA: Ripoff Mother's Day brunch

varmicon | May 15, 2006 02:09 PM

Took Mom here with Dad and sister for brunch yesterday, via a reservation with Open Table. The confirmation on Open Table said there would be a prix fixe menu; so I called for details on Thursday.

The woman who answered said that there would be a $35 set menu but that we could also order off the regular menu. That sounded perfect -- Mom could splurge if she wanted, but the meal would still be affordable, per the menu posted on the website.

We get there -- the place is beautiful -- and are seated promptly at a lovely table outside, under an umbrella. The menu comes.

NO prix fixe menu.

NO regular menu either.

Instead, there was a special Mother's Day brunch menu with seriously inflated prices. From what I've read about Adagia, it's supposed to be reasonable. And the brunch menu on their website lists no entrees over $14.25. Well, the cheapest entree Sunday was around $12.

Three of us had the Croque Madame ($17.75) with pork loin, poached eggs, and Gruyere on levain, which certainly had its charms -- but it was barely warm. Came with a pile of dressed Romaine. Good... but $17.75? hmm.

Dad had the salmon fritatta ($14.75?) Also good, he said, but small. (So small I didn't ask him for a taste.)

We were still hungry, so we got a bowl of fruit ($5.75, maybe?): pineapple, mango, strawberry, melon, grapes, with chopped mint. Yum.

4 entrees, 4 coffees, 1 bowl of fruit: $104 with tax & tip.

And yeah, we were still a little hungry.

I'm going to complain to them -- it's pretty unprofessional to promise one thing and then not follow through, especially on a day when reservations are necessary and we didn't really have the option of going somewhere else. And they knew it. Jerks.

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