Yesterday my husband and I joined a large party for brunch at the General Lafayette. Wow, what a disappointment!
To begin, we had a reservation for 11:30. The reason for the brunch was a surprise birthday gathering. Despite the table being set and the room being over half empty upon our arrival, we waited for 15 minutes to be seated. This would have been okay if the rest of the meal had been up to our expectations, but unfortunately, there were so many problems.
The spring mix salad was old. I buy spring mix at home all the time, and I know the way it looks and tastes when it has gone bad. The spring mix yesterday was slimy, slippery, and dark -- in short, wilted and old. It should never have been served.
In addition to this, and far more important in the opinion of all in my party, were the strawberries on the pastry and cake platter. When I approached the platter I thought perhaps the strawberries had some sort of sugar coating. Upon closer inspection, I realized that all of the strawberries were completely moldy. There was not one on the platter that was not. It was, so to speak, "advanced" mold. It was white and thick, and mold such as this doesn't happen overnight. It looked as if whoever prepared the platter tried to cut away some of the moldy parts, but the strawberries were so far gone that it didn't help. We were all astonished and could not believe that any restaurant would find these old, moldy strawberries appropriate for serving! It made me reconsider everything I had ever eaten there and wonder if in my other meals I had ever eaten expired produce, bread, or fish/meat. If that wasn't bad enough, the cakes were all completely dry and stale. When we told our waitress she took a look, agreed that it was mold, and sent a male employee out to remove the platter. Shockingly, he tried removing only the strawberries, which were interspersed all throughout the cakes and pastries! The waitress did, however, instruct him to remove the platter entirely, which he then did.
I would also like to add that our service was quite poor -- we waited for a long time for drinks to be brought and for plates to be cleared. One member of our party was clearly double charged for gratuity, and the waitress initially argued with him and did not want to remove it, despite there being a clear error.
What a terrible experience!! We will definitely not be returning!