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neighborguy | Nov 22, 2005 06:23 PM

The husband and I went to Byzantium for a celebratory meal last week. Byzantium, for me anyways, had a finished kind of presentation but at the same time approachable and not too stuffy. The food's always been good, just ahead of the service.

This time the food was fine per usual. He had steak frites and I had a saucy veal chop. We shared a tall whole leaf ceasar and he ordered small, but perfect side of steamed veg. The bread cylinder was not the usual filler that most restaurants shove at you - these were tasty what I guess to be house made flat breads with a side of hummous. (Why is it when I make it at home there's usually too much and at restaurants it's skimpy?)

But now I turn to the service. WTF? When they ask you if you want bottled water or iced, they are kinda making you feel a certain way, whether intentional or not. Anyhow, when the pitcher of tap water did come around for refills, it did seem a nuisance for the servers. They seemed to be always around, tho not really helpful. We were repeated asked if we needed refills on the martinis. I took my time and when I was finished my first and I obliged the server by ordering another, it didn't arrive till well after I started my entre. I don't have terrribly high standards for service, but I think if a waitperson is going to be in your face throughout a meal, he should be useful -- as in timely when you actually want something. Go figure.

Whew. So are there any suggestions for mid-priced decent eating downtown next time I want to spend up to 150 but dont want to feel like I'm doing anyone a favour?

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