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Ixia review

ko | Dec 29, 2005 10:19 AM

Great food, bewildering service. The maitre de seated us at a 2-top right behind his station, gave us menus, and said the waiter would be right over with a martini menu. 2 minutes after, the maitre de returned with the wine list and the martini menu. 10 minutes later, still no waiter. My wife says something to the maitre de, he apologizes and takes our drink order. 5 minutes later, the maitre de returns, and gives us water for the first time. He then takes our meal orders. For appetizers, my wife gets the tuna carpaccio and tartare. The carpaccio is excellent thin-sliced fatty tuna. The tartare is good but nothing special. I have the foie gras and scallop which is outstanding, a better combination than I imagined.Midway through our apps, the maitre de brings our bread. A minute later, he brings our amuse bouche, small cups of very rich, very good leek soup. He apologizes for everything being out of order. At some point, our waiter appears and apologizes. He serves the rest of our meal.
For entrees, my wife has the duck duet and I have the pork belly with fuji apples, baby leeks, and calvados.She loves the little oatmeal flapjacks. My wife finds hers to be good, but nothing special. Mine was, once again, a perfect balance of flavors. The pork belly is, of course, very fatty but very tasty. We each have a small bit of food left over and ask to have it wrapped.
My wife has the apple crepes with cinnamon ice cream and I have the chocolate molten cake with espresso ice cream. Both are great.
After we leave, we realize we never got our leftovers.
We tipped fairly generously as we didn't know if the maitre de would be sharing the tip under the circumstances. In hindsight, I should have left 10% and given the maitre de 10%. I'm assuming the service had to be some bizarre anomaly and we will return.

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