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Five - Berkeley So close but so so far


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Five - Berkeley So close but so so far

lmnopm | Sep 4, 2009 11:10 PM

We walked in having the best of expectations. A nice space (although the dining room is somewhat odd, and the tables are oddly quite far apart) and we thought the meal would be great. We shared 2 starters, each had a main, and I was done 45 minutes after siting down. The service velocity was absurd. Now, more detail:

We sat down at 8:30. I'd say it was about 10 minutes before we ordered, a squash blossom and the pork belly. Right before the appetizers came, the biscuits came, which were tasty. The appetizer plates were picked up at 8:50. The squash blossoms were tasty (not as good as Town Hall, but good), and the pork belly was quite tasty, too. It came on a bean puree, which would have been nice to taste more of, but unfortunately, that dish was removed before we had a chance to finish the puree. Then, my small plate was removed right from under me with food still in my mouth. We did ask why service seemed so rushed, with some excuses (but there was no excuse for this, as they weren't turning any more tables tonight). Fortunately, it took about 10 minutes for the mains to arrive. I had the pesto spaghetti, which was tasty. I didn't taste the duck, but that plate was licked clean, and removed at 9:17. I was done by 9:15. If it wasn't for drinking the wine at a normal pace, and still having some left, we'd have been in and out in 45 minutes. Instead, we were there just over an hour. The time on the bill is 9:35, and on the credit card slip, 9:41.

We didn't want dessert because well, we really wanted to leave. It is a shame. The food is good to very good, and could be great with a few little touches. It wasn't just our server - they were all running, literally, almost sprinting to/from the kitchen. Please get the kitchen timing and service act together, and I'll be back. It was a really uncomfortable dinner. And believe it or not, everyone was nice.

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