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shelly | Apr 27, 2002 06:22 PM

After having eaten at Mannequin Pis and been really impressed (showed up w/o a reservation, staff worked hard to get us a table, food delicious and service just fine) we celebrated my mother-in-law's birthday there last night and I must say I was somewhat disappointed--most of all by the service.

Mannequin Pis, I believe, wants to be a "fine dining establishment" and serves fairly expensive (for the area) dishes--main courses $15-28. What bugged me throughout the night was having to tell the various servers who ordered what for every single thing that came to the table--drinks, each of the three courses, coffee. Maybe it's just me but I think good waitstaff should know who ordered what and in restaurants that use a front waiter/back waiter system this kind of thing is ordinarily noted. This was compounded by the fact that the restaurant got a bit loud as the evening progressed and we were dining with two older people who did not always remember what they ordered or could not hear when the server asked. Added to this were inordinately long pauses between courses and to get the check. At the very least, it seemed to me, they need to add a few staff members.

As for the food I think they do a great job with main courses--the sea bass, steaks and rabbit at our table were all delicious. Appetizers were hit and miss--salads and soup were tasty but the smoked salmon roll of crabmeat was tasteless. Lastly, I had planned to get dessert but when hearing the list--belgian waffle, lots of ice creams, creme brulee, bread pudding it was pretty obvious that they have no dedicated pastry chef. The bread pudding and creme brulee I tasted were just ordinary. Lastly, on my previous visit I remember that the bread had been really delicious but on this trip it could have come from Giant, stale and no taste.

Just my two cents.
SM

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