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R'Evolution: eh...


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R'Evolution: eh...

sanglier | Oct 5, 2012 08:00 AM

Well, I finally got into R'Evolution last night, and while I enjoyed the food for the most part, I found the overall experience a bit...what's the word? Cold? Sterile?

We had two excellent cocktails at the bar, along with one of the charcuterie boards. Well-chosen, tasty fare, interesting accompaniments to complement the board. Had it with a fun Lambrusco, brought out by the driest, stiff sommelier I've yet encountered in a restaurant such as this. Odd.

Dinner consisted of the Death by Gumbo, Corn and Crab Cappucino, Short Rib, and Pheasant. The two soups couldn't have been any better. My pheasant was a combination breast/confited leg, with some carrots. Short rib was lukewarm. Nothing on the plate, just an unadorned piece of short rib that, while tender and tasty, could've been had at countless restaurants. Suppose they wanted us to delve into the array of sides, which we could've, but I think for the price they charge, some other things on the plate with the lonely short rib was called for.

So, overall, no qualms of note with the food. But the service? Barely attentive, businesslike, no New Orleans warmth. The waiter came to top off our first bottle of wine, and was mystified that nothing was coming out. Problem was, it had been decanted! No big thing, just a funny sight. The same sommelier brought out our wine. I tried to engage him, saying that I'd had this producer's wine before, really liked it, blah blah...nothing. As jovial as a border-crossing guard.

The waiter and captain in our station were pleasant but inattentive. They constantly walked near our table but never made eye contact, causing us to have to ask the busboy to send one of them over. Again, not the end of the world, but we just expected more.

I'll certainly go back, but my first impression is: good but not remotely "Revolutionary".

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