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Review of (Grand Rapids, MI)


Restaurants & Bars

Review of (Grand Rapids, MI)

IndyGirl | Aug 12, 2011 05:21 PM

We tried this place on a Wednesday night after reading reviews here (mostly very positive, one or two ho-hum).

Given the above, I really hope I don't get flamed for this review. I wish I could say I felt the price was worth it, but I can't. I always want so very badly to feel that I've spent my money well and I want the restaurant to succeed too. I'm a very enthusiastic and cheerleader-esque sort of guest. Unfortunately, I left 6.1.6 feeling disappointed.

Really, the main issue for was was price in relation to the quantity/originality or creativity of the food. We got the Salad Nicoise and the tomato/mozzarella flatbread, and, while both were solid enough, we felt that the food was uninspired and, worst of all, that the portion sizes were too small to warrant such basic attempts at standard cuisine. It seemed like two people should order maybe three or four entrees/salads. Or, that these dishes would have all been better marketed as appetizers or shared plates. We aren't overeaters by any stretch of the imagination, but the salad in particular was tiny. We actually went to a local bar and ordered other food.

The salad itself was fine, and presented well. the flatbread was a little greasy and a bit cold by the time it reached me. I can't say anything stood out about the flatbread it in a positive way. I can really only use the word "uninspired."

We dine out frequently, and we've come to realize that we value creativity if we're going to spend a moderate-to-fair amount on food served in such small portion sizes. For us, it was a bad fit, and it probably just comes down to that.

Again, to be clear: the quality was not bad, the view was stunning ,and the service was fine. We just felt that for the quality (not really innovative or inspired), the value for the portion size wasn't great and it kind of felt like you were paying for the decor/atmosphere/setting (which is likely true in many instances). We probably won't return on future visits to Grand Rapids.

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