+
bernalgirl | Sep 28, 200411:18 PM     5

Our party of six sharers got to try lots of things at Baraka over the weekend. We enjoyed the food very much, particularly the stuffed dates with frisee salad, the prawn and melon salad, the seared scallops on a bed of lightly creamed corn, the Moroccan meatballs and the veal cheek tagine, as well as the nougat mousse with wild raspberry dessert. We enjoyed the '02 Donhoff Qba Riesling, and the sommelier steared us right with the '95 Monticello Rioja Gran Reserva.

But as my sister put it, "they want you to have their experience, not yours." The service was professional but the upsell was more than annoying. From the the offer of "still or sparkling water" (no tap proferred) from the moment we sat down, and the the waitress's rundown of her recommendations as she passed out the menus (are the other items not good? should we be wary that her recs tipped the scales for price and perishability?), to the sommelier's introduction ("this wine list is my creation") and push to top-tier wines, to the coffee/tea push: "I make the mint tea, I will be sad if you don't try it... you'll try it? Good, how about a pot [rather than a glass]," we felt like we were managing against the staff the whole time.

Two of us had dined at Kabul on Friday night, where the waiter convinced us to try an extra app and his cardamom tea. Yet his manner was so inviting, and his choices so dead on, that we felt well taken care of rather than managed.

The bit with the service won't have me running back to Baraka, as I make a mean chicken tagine and now there's Medjool to try...

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

What Is Chuseok (aka, Korean Thanksgiving)?
Explore

What Is Chuseok (aka, Korean Thanksgiving)?

by Eileen Cho | As a Seoul born, Korean American raised on the west coast of the United States, I always felt like...

A Fall Chili Dish for Every Personality
Recipe Round-Ups

A Fall Chili Dish for Every Personality

by Danielle Valente | Looking for the best fall chili recipe? It's time to drive the coziness factor into full effect. Oversized...

A Coffee Station in Your Kitchen Is Guaranteed to Make Your Mornings Brighter
Home

A Coffee Station in Your Kitchen Is Guaranteed to Make Your Mornings Brighter

by Camryn Rabideau | Setting up a coffee station in your home is not only a super easy DIY project, but it will improve...

The Best Coffee Subscriptions for Every Type of Coffee Drinker
Shop

The Best Coffee Subscriptions for Every Type of Coffee Drinker

by Emily Murawski | Need a way to keep yourself in good coffee when you can't get to your local shop? Whether you're after...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.