Hit North 44 last night and thought I would share the experience.
The food was excellent. Small portions but the quality was fantastic and for a woman of my size, it was ample. The men at the table were a tad disappointed but needing to lose a few inches anyway, it was for the better.
The olive bread to start was excellent. For starters, 2 of us had the pork belly and scallop, while the other 2 had tuna seared with jalapeno. Excellent. Two of us had the salmon and the other 2 had the braised short ribs as entrees. Fabulous. The desserts were all wonderful with the pavlova being my particular favourite.
While the food was wonderful the service was well below par for a restaurant of this stature. If the waiter said 10 words to us the entire night i would be surprised. Examples of this:
a) rolled his eyes when we asked for more bread
b) didn't ask us if we wanted coffee/tea before serving dessert
c) didn't engage us in our wine selection when ordering or pouring
d) didn't ask us if we were enjoying our meal, if there was anything else he could get us while eating our entrees.
e) didn't thank us for dining or say goodnight when giving us the bill.
All in all, as said before, if he offered up 10 words the entire night I would be shocked.
Anyone else experience this at North 44 in the past? I didn't like my experience at One when i went last year and this proved to be equally poor. Again, the service or lack thereof.
Perhaps this is a winterlicious/wintervicious thing but i'm of the school that when you're at a restaurant you are the patron whether you spend $50 or $500. (Keep in mind the tab for the entire table last night came to $300).
Regardless I think I'm finished with the Mark McEwan restos.