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JiRaffe report, Fri 12/23

mikeop34 | Dec 26, 200509:06 PM

Went for the 1st time last Friday with 2 friends. The restaurant was very warmly decorated, and we were seated in a corner table upstairs. Although the tables were a bit too close together, the noise level never got too bad. Our waiter was very friendly and helpful, but the service was very poorly coordinated. We had to ask for bread and water long after we arrived and were told the dinner specials. The timing of our courses was also poor, as our main courses were served as we were finishing our appetizers, not really giving us time to eat at our own pace. My souffle dessert also came out room temp, surprising for a dessert for which we were supposed to wait extra time and which, therefore, should have been fresh and hot?

Our food was a mixed experience as well. Luckily, my own food was wonderful - tomato tart and rack of lamb. The tart was fresh and full of a range of flavors. The crust of the tart was flaky and worked very well with the tomatoes. The rack of lamb was cooked perfectly and the Indian flavors blended together well with the veggies, but the sauce was a bit salty. Also, given the price, I thought the chops were a bit small. My friends got foie gras and a salad for appetizers and ribeye steak and ahi tuna for main courses. The foie gras was excellent, didn't try the salad. The ribeye was a horrible cut, extremely tough and lacking in flavor and marbling. The ahi tuna was good as well, but the soba noodles served with it took away all the flavor and were too bland.

Also, just fyi, the menu is pretty much the same as the online menu. An interesting special we didn't try was venison.

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