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review of Table for my birthday

mfp79 | Feb 2, 2008 04:11 AM

We went to Table last night based on some recommendations here. Friends at work gave me some mixed reviews about their experiences there so I wasn't sure what to expect.

I'll preface this by saying that my husband and I are not easily impressed by restaurants. We generally stick to pub type places because we love good burgers etc and basically get what we expect at those places. Neither of us wants to pay big bucks for the image or atmosphere of the place if the food isn't awesome. So, with that said, we really enjoyed our dinner.

We walked and the first thing that struck me was a table of about 15 highschool girls taking up a good part of the restaurant. It was really no big deal since I'd already heard that the atmosphere would be underwhelming. They also may not have bothered anyone else, but being a teacher it wasn't my ideal setting for a Friday night! : )

When we sat, the hostess took our coats since they were soaked and brought menus (which I'd already studied online so really didn't need!). A waiter came to pour our wine and tell us the specials - not the most polished guy, but seemed nice enough. Then a waitress came by to ask about water and if we water to hear the specials - I guess there was a little confusion, but I'd rather have too much attention from the waitstaff than not enough. I ordered the spinach salad and my husband ordered the brie spinach dip because I wanted that too! I ordered the filet for dinner and he had the coffee steak.

- I really liked the bread - toasty warm- and the dipping oil.
- The spinach salad was nice - perfect combo of flavors: pear, beets, walnuts, dried cranberries, and goat cheese. I ate most of it because it was tasty, but then I ended up feeling too full because there is A LOT of goat cheese! ...I think I'd like it better with raw pear for the crunch and bitterness of it but it was really good.
- The brie dip was tasty but nothing outstanding.
- My filet was present nicely, was very tasty and cooked to the correct "doneness". I loved the creamed spinach. The mashed potatoes tasted really good, but I didn't love them. I prefer more homestyle, lumpier potatoes - but these creamy potatoes sure looked beautiful.
- My husband enjoyed his steak - It was unevenly cooked, but nothing that kept him from eating it all! He didn't love his fingerling potatoes, but he's more of a french fry guy so it may just have been too gourmet for him. :)
- Coffee was good, which is a big deal for me. We split the chocolate mousse cake (even though I had been too stuffed to finish my filet!) which was very nice.
Overall, it was a really good meal and didn't break the bank -- $140 with tip for 2. Not something we'd do every weekend, but not crazy either.

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