311 W. 6th St.
A member of my lunch group suggested trying this new restaurant (its been open 7 weeks). This place serves "demi" portions of entrees (they call it "tastes") at a pretty nice price (avg. $10 entree)
The restaurant was surprisingly empty for a Thursday noon. The surroundings were interesting foil and screen-art on the walls and sconces, a mardi-gras feel to the chandeliers.
There were 6 of us...so we were able to spread the tastes around. We were warned by the waitress that the portions were "demi" so we would want to order 3 starters, 2 soups/salads and 4 entrees to fill up the guests. We went with 2 soups, one salad and 4 entrees..and a desert.
The creamy asparagus soup was very tasty. The soup spoons were very difficult to handle (they were the kind you find sometimes for soup at chineese restaurants..thick china spoons) as we were sharing a bowl...4oz for $4..
For an entree I shared the Hanger Steak Sandwich with a co-worker. The sandwich was just sweet enough as not to overtake the flavor of the steak. The fried shallots were a very good addition.
2 coworkers ordered the tuna (fresh fish of the day) over cous cous. They seemed to think it was a bit too seasoned, but didn't leave any on the plate by the end of the meal.
2 other co-workers shared the Grilled Pork Loin with red pepper jelly... which was over a corn dish. I tasted it and I found it to be very good...a bit too "festive" for an entree, but they seemed to enjoy it.
We also shared a Vine-Ripened Tomato Salad which had very good tomatos, but the buffalo-mozzerela cheese was very bland.
For dessert we shared a Valrhona Marquise which is a circle of rich chocolate with a couple of rasberries. Very good, very very rich... should be shared with at least 4 people.
All in all, the food was good. We found the waitress to be a bit pushy and unfriendly. When we asked questions she looked down her nose at us.
It is a place that while I am glad I tried, I will not be back. The bill was about $80 for 6 people at lunch. That is about $20 more than I would have paid for the "demi" portions we received. It also took about 45 minutes longer than our lunch hour...
They boast a large wine assortment, so I feel that is their main $$...but we were at lunch, so we didn't sample.
Anyone else have an expereince at this restaurant?