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Hatfield's - quite disappointing!

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Hatfield's - quite disappointing!

josephnl | Aug 7, 2011 11:41 AM

It had been several years since we dined at Hatfield's and we thought we should give it a try. My partner is a vegetarian, and being that Hatfield's features a vegetarian tasting menu, it seemed like a good choice for dinner. Hatfield's has had consistently good ratings from most sources.

We arrived for dinner last evening right when the restaurant opened. We were greeted cordially and were seated at a nice table in a very pleasant dining room. Our waiter arrived in a few minutes to take our drink order. Our waiter was extremely pleasant, knowledgeable and professional. Indeed he gave us great service throughout our dinner. It was in other ways that our dinner disappointed.

First, they served two crab amuse bouches almost immediately. I informed the server who brought them over (not our server), that one of us was a vegetarian and perhaps the chef could send out something different for him. The server said no this was not possible. He said that the chef would not accommodate this request. Now, of course, I realize that an amuse bouche is a gift from the chef, and one does not usually quibble with a gift. Nevertheless, a restaurant that features a vegetarian menu, I think, should reasonably accommodate a vegetarian with something so simple. It's just the nice thing to do, and I have made this simple request many times in other restaurants, and it's always been obliged.

More importantly, some of the food served was not terrific. The green salad that was part of the vegetarian menu was highly touted by our server, so I (who am definitely not a vegetarian) decided to have it also. Well, the salad was very much overdressed, and the greens were extremely limp...indeed seemed not fresh. The salad was actually quite poor.

I ordered the sea bass for my entree. The silver placed on the table for my fish, and my partner's pasta entree were the same. Serrated thin-bladed knives, sort of like steak knives were placed before both of us...sort of strange. My portion of fish was quite small, probably not more than four ounces at most. The fish was ok, pretty tasteless and certainly nothing special, but the accompanying corn was delicious. My partner's vegetarian entree was good.

While eating our entrees, something very strange happened. A gentleman wearing a suit (? Maitre d') came by the table, said not a word about how we were enjoying our dinner, and tried to whisk away our butter (my partner had a roll in his hand at the moment, and I still had half a roll on my bread plate), then proceeded to remove both of our water glasses. I stopped him, he shrugged and walked away without so much as uttering a word, or saying he was sorry.

I did not have dessert, but my partner had a delicious dessert which like many of the other courses, seemed terribly small.

All in all, this was an expensive dinner, and quite disappointing.

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