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Kokkari a BIG Disappointment

Pepe C. | Jan 25, 200105:55 PM

For months, I've been hearing great buzz about Kokkari. At last, I went to Kokkari last night with 3 friends for an early dinner. The interior is wonderful, albeit LOUD, and the bar area was crammed with cocktailing singles. We were all looking forward to the evening and, as it is quite pricey, this was going to be a real treat. (Hey, we've got Bay Area mortgages...) Once we were seated, our waiter, desperately trying to impersonate the "Jack" character from "Will & Grace," came over to the table and turned on his attitude--full steam ahead. We were about to order a particular Chardonnay (which, by the way, was listed at about 4 times the retail price) and asked if he might recommend a comparable, non-oaky bottle. He batted his eyes like Liza Minelli and suggested two bottles--both easily twice the price of the original. Excuse me? Did he think we'd just fallen off the turnip truck? Had we been intimidated we would have padded his tip rather nicely, but we stuck to our original order at which he coyly rolled his eyes. When he brought the less expensive bottle to the table, he admonished our taster for drinking water prior to tasting the wine, but she had just bitten into an olive and wanted to clean her palate. She told him so and he gave a nasal snort and poured it, lips pursed. The wine was way too cold, but it was a good pick. Needless to say, our waiter was so busy with his performance throughout the evening, he had to come to the table several times to ask what we'd ordered, and when our entrees arrived, one of them was still incorrect. We were so irritated that we didn't want to stick around for coffee and dessert, which is a first for all of us. To be fair, the food was good (but not amazing as we'd been hearing), and given the prices, Lilliputian serving sizes, and pretentious, over-dramatic, and extremely annoying service, I would have to say we won't be returning.

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