Thought I should post our experience from this past Thursday night's initial meal at Queen's Hideaway.
We showed up at 6pm and were only told when I called ( not when I knocked on the door in the 40 degree weather) on the phone that the restaurant was not going to open until another 15 minutes as they were running late, no apologies, just the facts. Okay.
We return in 15 minutes and are seated promptly at the coldest table in the empty restaurant, right in front by the window, the one with the view of the garbage. The server brought those delicious addictive hot peanuts which we loved...We did decide to request another table and were seated closer to the kitchen which was fine just to be out of the chill. Actually, the chill outside kind of matched the chill our server gave us when we requested to switch locations.
As for the food, I have to say that for the most part, I loved it. I had the "pork picnic" which consisted of a few nice pieces of pork over "meaty beans" and also came with "rice fritters". I thought the pork was so delicious, smoky, and tender, can't even say the last time I had such delicious pork bbq. Highly recommended.
My friend had the lamb shoulder which I thought was pretty good, although slightly tough..and came with a generous amount of tasty roasted veggies.
For dessert, we tried a trio - the hot apple pie was really excellent as it had just recently emerged from the oven...so fresh..flaky and yet crisp crust, thin cut apples...nice
One person had the bread pudding which unfortunately I cannot recommend although it seemed to be made with a nice brioche, it was a tad dry(no sauce) and bland...Disappointing...
The ganache pie was nice and chocolatey with a salted crust and was really good, the portion, though, was just a little too small.
Although the service seemed a little frosty/aloof, I have to still recommend trying this place as it seems to have an owner that truly cares about her ingredients and turns out really impressive food at such modest prices(i.e. $14/$13 for entrees..$4/$5 for appetizers/desserts).
Aside (General Rant about service, not specific to Queen's Hideaway) -
One of these days, I really hope the pendulum swings back to a time when customers were treated more warmly/nicely, not as intrusions, interruptions or annoyances. This to me seems pandemic across the nation . Not looking for someone to kiss a.., just be welcoming. My thoughts are that we customers have come to allow the most mediocre, bare minimum standard of service at restaurants to become the norm and now we're paying the price. WE have to walk on eggshells around the chronically cranky servers!
Of course there are still so many servers who truly care and are welcoming and gracious...it's just getting a little exhausting dealing with the many who are quite the opposite.