We planned a birthday for my husband around dining at this highly acclaimed restaurant Taste in Plymouth.
The wait staff is helpful. The owner pair - he is the chef and she manages the dining room. The wife came out and personally greeted us and thanked us for selecting the restaurant for my husband's birthday. It went downhill after that...
I had a scallop dish which was swimming in butter and just OK with a spinach timbale custard and a little fresh spinach. Just too rich and I don't eat that way anymore. We started off with romaine salad with fresh spanish white anchovies - good, but not great although they touted all their produce being organic.
The worst part though was my husband's dish kubocha pork chop. The server said it was the Kobe beef equivalent of pork. We specifically asked it to be medium with some pink left - I think Americans way overcook their pork! It came out after a long time and my husband struggled with the serrated knife to cut it - obviously overcooked. We asked for it to be redone. They send out a demitasse of cream artichoke soup. The chop finally came out fatty and blood rare. The chef/owner came out and asked how it was later and was disturbed when he saw the chop was so rare and commented that this was not right. Off it went and we got shrimp in a pernod broth sent out with barely cooked shrimp that were chewy. At that point we just wanted to leave even w/o a birthday dessert. The chef sent out a handwritten note saying we can do better with a $30 cert enclosed. Nice gesture but didn't make up for the quality of the food we were served - he should have personally checked the chop to ensure it was send out the right doneness. I can tell you not one course was memorable and the richness left me with an oily tongue/
This restaurant has gotten phenomenal reviews all the way down to Sacramento but maybe it stands out because it has virtually no competion. It would not survive with higher prices and quality in the Bay Area.
I would be interested in hearing other diner comments. Again the owners were well meaning and acknowledged their problems but you can't recreate a birthday dinner.