After reading Bauer's Chronicle review this Sunday, I stood in dismay at how each person's dining experince can be so dramatically different at the same place. I can't believe the positive review Bauer gives this place.
We ate at La Rue a few months ago and it was absolutely, hands down the worst dining experince I have had out in years & years.
From the moment we arrived (5 minutes early for our 6:00 reservation)we felt uncomfortable & ackward, especially after the host told us we were early but "I suppose I can seat you but the kitchen is not open". So unprofessional. This same guy ended up being our waiter and we were rushed into a meal that was tolerable, at best.
Everything lacked depth of any sort. The wine list is so tiny for a French Bistro it goes beyond reason. The Artichoke & Grilled Radicchio Salad Bauer mentions is bizarre. Bitter, flavorless and make no sense. I had Grilled Halibut with a sauce that all I can remember is "salt & too much of it". My son-in-law (lived in France, loves food) had Salmon on French Green Lentils that was awful. No sauce, no Jus', nothing. I ended up passing my halibut over & scrapping off most of the halibut sauce in hopes of reviving his dish. My husbands steak came dry medium to well, ordered med-rare. I can't remember what our daughter had but it was also in question.
We drank Kent Rasmussen'98 Pinot that we brought, I tried a few wines-by-the glass for interest level but could not tell you what they were. Nothing stood up for itself that night. A meal at home would have been an awesome repreve. The patio is hot & stuffy, the waiter rushed us through and we were all relieved to get out of there.
Can anyone else out there say different of La Rue? That Bauer mentions a few times that they were half full does not surprise me. I hope things turn around for them. I also know from a friend who works at Hawthorne Lane that the chef's stint at Hawthorne Lane was all of a month or two. Why give him noterity for that? Alas, enough said.