I couldn't wait to post this. My husband, I and several friends went to Corbray's (Admiral & California) this evening, to try it out. Heck, a new restaurant, let's give it a chance...
First, the decor is terrible. I know decor does not necessarily make or break the meal, but this breaks it. This is the old Benbow Inn. What it looks like they have done is paint the walls white and all the woodwork black. That's alot of black. Black. Very cold. Nice touches with the old windows hung on a wall, but everything else looks like it was straight from the Benbow. Including the glassware. Mis-matched, fraying chairs, wobbly tables, and black tablecloths. Again, the black. Bad, bad lighting. The customers were actually turning off the lights.
Second, the band was playing in the 'dining room.' They have a bar - why isn't the band in the bar? Luckily, they weren't too terrible or loud, but it certainly cut off any conversation once they started. And luckily again, we had already finished dinner.
Third. The food. The ribs were quite good and so was the cornbread. Very small rib portions. Almost laughably small (I think four small ribs per huge plate of sides). This was the best item on our table. My husband's catfish (deep fried, breaded) was cooked well, but the breading was so salty we could taste nothing but. I actually had to swig down some wine to help wash away the salt (don't get me started on the overpriced wine list...and red wine in small, white wine glasses...which makes me suspect Benbow glassware). I had the Garlic Shrimp. Shrimp from Trader Joe's. Not fresh. Pasty, cheap, overcooked white rice (think gluey). The shrimp seemed to be steeped in butter, warmed up along with the undercooked chunks of garlic (not sauteed by any means)and sprinkled with parsley. That's it. No lovely sauce to cover the rice with, just these shrimp on top of white rice. The carrots were also steeped in butter and over cooked. Seemed to be sprinkled with parsley or the same unidentified & tasteless green herb that was used on the shrimp. My cornbread came with no butter. Everyone else had butter (butter pats were the single serving foil kind).
Misc. things: tiny, tiny napkins. I think they were actually drink napkins. Good service overall. However, it took three songs for us to get our change. They weren't busy. And get this. My shrimp dish, $13.50. I think I may have had one of the cheaper entrees on the menu.
Do not go. Maybe for the ribs if it wasn't so overpriced. I cannot conceive why the prices are so high. Go to Circa. Go to anyplace in the Junction. Just don't go here. I am appalled at the terrible quality of food and the exhorbinant pricing.