We went to Hatfield's the other night to enjoy a speciall meal -- and, of course, to eat one last foie gras dish. (Sorry, PETA.)
So allow me to state that the food was excellent. Our foie gras appetizers were truly YUMMY -- and the server suggested an oustanding pairing wine (a dry Reisiling, I believe -- and I don't normally like Reising!).
Next, we both had fish dishes to offset the richness of the foie gras. (In the "old days," we might have shared the Foie Gras, but these days leading to July 1 had both of us orderng the FG.) I'll repeat -- the foie gras was SO good, so well prepared.
As for fish, one of us had the branzino; the other, the salmon.
Dessert did not apeal to us -- sorry but I really was not in the mood for Black Pepper Ice Cream or Tarragon Sorbet. (Why oh why ..?? -- but I digress.)
Here's the gripe (or the "big but" as PeeWee Herman once said) -- While our waiter was perfectly cordial, if I'm going to eat at a place like Hatfield's -- or anyplace that runs about $100 per person -- I do not need to be told that the "little appetizers" with "little spoons" that came out as we sat down were compliments of the chef. We KNOW what an "amuse bouche" is!
Later, I asked our server to describe the fish items on the menu. Honest to God, he said that "salmon is a deep pink, heavier fish" -- no kidding! I meant, describe the preparation, the taste..!!
I'm thinking maybe the serving staff has been instructed to do this..?? I don't think we looked like McRib eaters (not that there's anything wrong with that!!! Me, I love Tommy's) -- but it was patronizing and. condescending -- and I know what those words mean.
That about covers it. We had been debating between Hatfield's and Animal -- ya think we should have gone Animal..??
I appreciate anyone's input or shared experience. Thank you!
ps) The mild white branzino and the deep pink salmon were delicious as well!