Had lunch at Cafe Pinot today, and found it a bit disappointing.
For starters, the tables now have a soft padding which makes balancing glasses rather delicate, something I discovered when my iced tea nearly toppled over on two occasions. Also, the chairs have a back consisting of a single curved board, which is normally okay -- but this one kept pinching my back. There is a way to get comfortable, but it requires some doing, it's clearly not a chair that motivates you to stay a while.
There were no entree salads which was a little odd. The kobe beef burger was tasty enough but came on a single slice of brioche rather than a bun, so forget eating it the way you would a normal burger. And there was a bleu cheese sauce which detracted, rather than added to the experience. The garlic fries were pretty good, but the three mustard chicken my friend had was a little overcooked.
Having been to this restaurant on a dozen previous occasions, I was a little disappointed. Spending $25 each for a just-okay meal in an uncomfortable space wasn't what I had in mind. I've had good meals at Cafe Pinto in the past, but am far from gushing about this place like I used to. The decor and service were, as usual, first rate, but this episode will make me a look around a bit in downtown before settling there for a future meal.
To top it off, the parking lot in the library no longer has booth attendants who take your ticket and provide change for parking. Instead there is a scanner where you can put in your ATM or credit card to pay the $4 parking charge.
Might have been okay if the machine were working properly, but it wasn't, and am sure the 15 people behind me weren't pleased aeither t the machine's malfunctioning... but am sure the parking operators are saving money by not having to pay human attendants.
Wondering what other people's recent Cafe Pinot experiences have been... hope they were better than mine.