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Puzzling Experience at Niche - YEG

felix the hound | Mar 3, 201209:06 AM

How could the person that greeted and seated us then sit at the table right next to us and enjoy her dinner while ours was clearly unraveling, largely due to a single server driven to distraction by a full house. We are still puzzled.

When we arrived we asked to sit at the table next to the one we were offered and were told that it was reserved. A little later the host (maitre d'?) sat and enjoyed her dinner at that very table.
It took a little while before the server ( who was bartending, delivering food, and setting and clearing tables)came to take our orders. My appetizer waited on the counter for a long time until it was delivered tepid, with my wife's, which was not what she had ordered.

Half way through our meal I had to get up and cancel the bottle of wine we had ordered because it was MIA. The correct appetizer finally arrived and it was the best aspect of the evening, house made gnocchi with a perfectly balanced blue cheese and cream sauce, wild mushrooms and arugula.

The swordfish main was a generous portion of fish with a tasty tapenade crust and served on cus cus, but again, temperature was a problem, it was tepid.

My goat cheese agnolotti main portion was smaller than the wonderful gnocchi appetizer, it was overcooked beyond a recognizable texture, and the roasted vegetables mentioned on the menu were MIA. It is not often that I order the vegetarian option but the prospect of house made pasta was irresistible.

The brownie desert for which Niche is apparently well known lived up to its billing, and its taste and texture is reminiscent of the excellent duke cake from Duchess Bakery , probably because of the chocolate and salty caramel combination.

The server apologized with a pair of free glasses of wine ( probably paid from her wages) but the host was MIA.

Niche has potential, and probably deserves a second chance , but they have to fix the problems in the front of the house.

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