Went to Home last night for dinner, there were six of us with a 6:30 reservation. We arrived on-time in seperate groups and were seated promptly at the table of our choice. (In the back, by the large windows for optimum privacy). The staff is quite young, but friendly, our waiter was especially so although his interest in us waned a bit about half-way through our meal.
Very accomodating though, having no problem with special requests such as; no red meat/no dairy, salad instead of fries and extra olives for my aged great aunt's bloody mary.
We all started with a cocktail and then gave our orders along with our wine selection. -As I mentioned, the staff is young (i.e, green) so little mishaps throughout the meal were forgiven since they did seem so friendly and accomodating.
Perhaps we should have waited to place our order, so that we could enjoy our drinks and each other's company without feeling the pressure to be double fisted. And, personally, I like my martini without a dinner salad, thank you.
I always seem to forget that once you place your order, the ball is rolling, here comes the bread and first courses too, so, bottoms up. Next time I would hold back on placing my order, or maybe we should have asked for some time. My fault here, maybe.
First courses consisted of an overly dressed mesclun salad with julienned carrots over the top, nicely balanced dressing, was fine until you got to the soggier bottom half. Another salad had similiar greens accompanied by two different types of beets, goat cheese and some kind of nut (walnuts?). Was pronounced very good by a notoriously not-picky eater. One slight here, we asked for an extra plate for my aunt's salad so that my grandmother could get her half-cup of greens quota for the day when we placed our initial order, but had to ask two additional times before getting an appropiately sized, not WARM (???) salad plate.
My main course was the flat iron steak, three nice slices cut on the bias and cooked rare to medium-rare, as I like it. They subbed the fries for steamed broccoli, and were very generous with it. The steak was perched on top of lightly dressed arugula which I was very happy to see, until I realized they had forgotten to wash the arugula. I also kind of expected to see an intact steak, not slices. No big deal though.
Other mains were the roasted half chicken which was devoured, it came with green beans so heavily laced with garlic I could smell it from next-door, no complaints from the recipient, however. Salmon on a bed of beans looked very good, both the regular and no dairy version were enjoyed. And my mother's short ribs were pretty delicious, if not quite as tender and yummy as her own home-cooked version. They came with whipped potatoes and not a vegetable in sight, good thing I had a head of broccoli on my plate.
All in all, we enjoyed our dinner, it would have been nice if the kitchen would have sent out the food together, so as to avoid awkward waiting and tepid food, but honestly it has become so hard for our family to agree on a place to dine out that satisfies all of the generations, that I know we will be back.
Desserts were a couple of fruit crisps which smelled spicy and an ice cream sandwich which I'm pretty sure was made with store bought ice cream (think guar gum).
A bottle of Roth white and two glasses of forgettable red rounded out the meal. One thing to mention, this place is FAMILY FRIENDLY, it was nice to see all the young kids eating out, most of them very well behaved, and the staff is very patient with young and old alike, which can be a rare thing, sadly.
There's been talk the name of the place may change, to simply Sydney's I think, and perhaps the menu may "lighten" a bit. Just the word on the street, though.
Sydneys Home Restaurant
California at Precidio in the new JCC