This Sunday, I went to Haute Dish with 2 other people. I’ve been wanting to try, but since I am a vegetarian the Sunday night vegetarian menu is a must.
When we walked in, we were told that only the bar area was seating because of limited waitstaff that night. The bar was nearly empty, though, so there was no issue. For the first half of our meal, everything was lovely. I had the vegetarian tasting menu and my two companions were sharing four meat dishes. One of my courses, a roasted corn soup, even made my companions jealous of their meal choices.
The problem came as I hit my last course, the dessert. My companions hadn’t gotten their main meal course, the tater tot hot dish, yet, so I felt weird starting on a dessert.
I tried to wait for them to get something to eat while I worked on my cheesecake, but nothing came. Eventually, we ended up splitting the cheesecake between the three of us. We waited for the tater tot hot dish for about 45 minutes. The bartender, who was obviously distressed by how long everything was taking, kept apologizing. But still no food. People around us kept getting their food. Finally, we said we didn’t want that dish, but could we look at a dessert menu?
At this point, the bartender, out of mortification, gave us the dessert menu and said that dessert and a couple of our drinks were on the house. Mollified, we ordered what looked like a lovely savory panna cotta. If only we had been able to find out. We waited another 30 minutes and it never came. Towards the end of the “meal” (since we hadn’t actually had any food in over an hour), we gave up. The bartender comped us all our drinks, since we couldn’t even get the comped desserts served to us, and apologized profusely. He said we should come back again on a day when they weren’t so busy.
The food we had was lovely. However, we sat down in a restaurant that was mostly empty. Sure, it filled up…but we had our orders placed well before that. I’m torn whether I should give them a second chance.