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Greasy Spoon (how one should follow his intuition, or pay the price)


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Greasy Spoon (how one should follow his intuition, or pay the price)

Maximilien | Jul 20, 2009 05:21 PM

Went to "Greasy Spoon" (Laurier W.) last week.

I wanted to eat sushi, but more important, I wanted to sit on a terrasse (and there are not that many close to where I live), so I walked passed "Jun I" to go see what what happening at "Greasy Spoon". Terrasse 2/3 full, some people seated inside, someone chucking oysters...

ok, I took the chance, if they want a solo taking a terrasse place, then I'm doing it; mixed crowd of mostly groups of girls/guys, early to mid 30s

Seating at my place, ordered a gin-tonic, came back in a small glass, not really tasting the gin, but did not think much about it, I was reading. Ordered a 2nd one with a 1/2 dozen oysters. Came the oysters, well chucked with a very good mignottte (with lots of black pepper which I like with my oysters)

Then, ordered the Halibut (flétan), pan fried, served with very "2000-ish" bok-choy and balls of carrots; the fish was well cooked, the sides, well, kind of ordinary. with that, a couple of glassed (tumblers) of pinot blanc (didn't asked because the wine list was ordinary and not many choices)

And decided to get desert, a big piece of bownie with ice cream, what not to like; well, I would have swapped the size with more "quality", or maybe better worded as make it a lot more chocolate brownie-ish than "cake-ish"; it seemed to be a desert to be shared.

Well, not too bad food wise... but the service was overly friendly, my waitress seems to spend too much time chatting with customers, heck not chatting, but getting into a friendly discussion, that her collegue had to call her up to to take care of business; and the worse (or maybe the "wierdest" is that I was reading a book with "art images" in it and the waitress asked about it, I answered; and without asking, she picked up the book and flipped the pages...

That kind of startled me, never happened to me before; I just kind of "closed" after that. finished my meal, paid; left a sub-normal tip and quietly leave.

Me think she was not used to deal with a "single" that likes to sit down, eat and drink, and just be; most of the other groups and tables were more "actively" involved in their evening. (if you get my meaning).

so the conclusion, a lot more expensive that I was ready to pay; 2 gin-tonic (under-powered), 2 small glasses of wines; 1/2 doz. oysters, fish and desert ... for the nice final of $92 farking bucks. (the oysters were $3 a piece!!)

the final conclusion... I should have listened to my instinct and stopped at JunI instead; well, we all learn from our mistakes; my reaction probably sounds worse that it was, but I rarely feel bad about a restaurant; and I wanted to like that place, they have a good location, nice terrasse (with late afternoon/evening sun).

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