So me and a few friends had a reservation at DNA at 930pm tonight. We had waited to eat until then, all looking forward to a delicious meal at one of Montreal's noted restaurants. We heard of the set menu that was "selected by the sommelier" with wine pairings. Upon arrival we weren't seated until 1015 despite our reservations. Then we were NOT seated in the restaurant rather seated at what seemed to be a plastic table with plastic chairs in the bar section. When we asked if we could get a table in the "restaurant" section the hostess said "well did you make reservations in the restaurant?".... to me that is a stupid question when you make DINNER reservations at a restaurant you are PRESUMABLY not asking to be seated in areas such as the bathroom or the kitchen or the bar frankly, especially when it was not even specified by the person taking the reservation that there are 2 areas to eat in. THEN we were informed by the waitress that "something happened" (is all she said) and that there are NO wine pairings with the set menu. We were confused and told they knew of this as of this morning. YET when someone called to confirm the reservations that afternoon they failed to mention this key change to the night's dinner. Then she asked if we wanted to keep the set menu as a "surprise"... "Surprise" as in "i don't want to tell you what it is or else you will walk out" THANK GOD we asked her to specify. It was inspired by "women in the 80's". It ended up being more like "whatever I could find in the the pantry and the back of my freezer" type of inspiration
Course 1 (YES KEY WORD IS COURSSEEEEE) = Garlic Bread .... thats right garlic bread IS THIS A COURSE!??!?!?! I kid you not.
Course 2 = Shrimp from some fancy place... cocktail sauce - translation - SHRIMP COCKTAIL
Course 3 = Blah blah blah MASHED POTATOES
Course 4 = Chicken with Fettucini in a cream sauce - translation - FETTUCINI ALFREDO
Dessert = Creme brule
And you could NOT order anything from the a la carte menu.
Needless to say we spoke with the waitress and she was incredibly apologetic and I felt like we were not the first table to walk out on her. Apparently it was the sommelier him/herself that was cooking. A sommelier does not necessarily know how to cook. They know how to pair wines but to cook is not necessarily their forte. I don't expect to be. Anyhow, the waitress was very understanding and even gave us other suggestions to eat at in old port at 11pm.
It was a very unfortunate experience. Honestly they lost me at Garlic Bread. THAT IS NOT A COURSE! I might as well have gone to Mamma's on Pins (I love mamma's) at least there you get what you expect when you go there. I was looking forward to the experience as I have heard wonderful things about DNA and me and my group generally eat well and were expecting a delicious gastronomic experience. But now even to go on a regular night I am hesitant to try it.
DNA please don't attempt this bizarre experiment again.
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