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My experience at Anisette


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My experience at Anisette

arisp | Sep 18, 2008 03:54 PM

Had a friend of mine in from out of town, been reading about this place non-stop for a month, decided to give it a shot. After all the high praise, I really wanted it to stand up to it all... but sadly it didn't.

Looks-wise, the place is great. The atmosphere was a bit quiet, though at 1:30pm on Saturday I admit it was slightly an off-hour.

I'll keep it short and to the point:

Sat down, waited a few minutes, our waiter came, we ordered 2 bloody marys. Waited a really long time for the drinks to arrive (the place was almost empty). The drinks came without blue-cheese stuffed olives, as described in the menu. The waiter comes back a few minutes later to ask if we're ready to order and I ask if we can have some olives. He comes back with regular martini olives, not blue-cheese ones. Ok, not a big deal.

We order 6 oysters, but want to try a few different kinds. This is the exact exchange that went down:

Friend: Which oysters do you recommend?
Waiter: Malbec and kamoto
Friend: I always eat Malbec, any other one you recommend?
Waiter: Kamoto.
Friend: Okay we'd like to try another one as well.
Waiter: Malbec.
Friend: I always eat Malbec, any other one you recommend?
Waiter: Malbec and Kamoto.

Okay.... SO thinking he was in a bad mood, or something else, we ordered the rest of our meal. The oysters take 20 minutes, no exaggeration, kinda long for an empty restaurant. The plate arrives with no small oyster forks. He doesn't give us any small plates either, even though he gave us two pieces of bread (and no butter, isnt this a brasserie?)

We finish the oysters, with our dining forks, we leave them and he doesn't pick them up. So I guess i'm eating my croque monsieur with an oystery fork. I order another bloody mary, it arrives in one of those long tall glasses but no straw (the first time it had one). Pretty hard to drink out of that glass, especially as it's filled to the top with ice).

My monsieur arrives, it's okay, nothing great, but incredibly greasy and almost soggy. My friends burger was pretty close to medium, as he asked. I tasted it -- the meat tasted okay.

We finish our meals. After another very long stretch our waiter comes and we ask for the bill. For 120 dollars, I expect better service at the least. Not sure whether it was due to the waiter, or growing pains, but execution of service was sorely lacking (as is unfortunately the case with most spots in this town.)

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