For corky: So did we, had a great time years ago that is. Now, not so much.
Four people had a very leisurely four course dinner there last night. Would I go back? Emphatically No.
--it wasn't very busy, and there was no rushing us out.
--food was very, very good -- appetizers were: quail in a Grand Marnier sauce, frog legs in garlic and parsley, mussels in white wine, and escargot in garlic and parsley, all deemed very good; entrees were scallops in a mornay sauce, veal tenderloin, trout meuniere, and rack of lamb au jus. Again, all were very good and prepared as ordered. Vegetables included a butterflied potato gratin, haricots, and baby carrots in (someone asked) white vinegar, tarragon, butter and salt.
--two desserts were deemed good -- key lime cheesecake, said to be tart and tasty. One dessert, strawberries and ice cream (in place of whipped cream) was good.
--portions were good.
--the architecture of the house has not been changed. The grounds are still very pretty.
--they didn't remember it was my husband's birthday, although I mentioned it when making the reservation. Harrald would have remembered.
--greeting was okay, but not especially warm. Harrald's greetings were effusive and warm. It is now just like any other restaurant.
--service was spotty. After we were seated, attention was minimal for the entire meal.
--wine was of the 'half glass given so you have to buy two to get a full glass' variety. That annoys me to no end.
--bread had to be asked for twice, as did a wine refill.
--my cheesecake, a S'mores variety, was gummy with an overabundance of full sized chocolate chips. Not only did they not melt the chocolate, but they didn't even use mini chips. I make better cheesecake.
--espresso and Cappuchino were not included in the four course meal, which I assume is usual.
--they ran out of two desserts before we were able to make our choices.
--the bill, including the two 'halves to make a whole' glasses of wine and coffees and tip, amounted to what I paid for a full month of parking in a private lot for my car in New York City in 1999.
Bottom line: the entire experience, which didn't turn out to be ANYwhere near the 'Harrald' experience, was a disappointment and I would not go back. Your experience may be different.
Oh, the BIGGEST disappointment, to me, was the removal of Ava's dreamy, creamy, wonderful onion tart, the best I've ever had. When asked what happened to the onion tart: oh, we change our menu weekly. When pressed (I *really* wanted that onion tart): oh, we haven't had that in months.
Harrald: We miss ye.