A friend of ours wanted to get together for dinner at Tapestry last night. I remember thinking it was indifferent the last time we went a couple of years ago, but it was her birthday and her convenience, so hey. What a bummer. The place is way worse than I remembered it.
The service was slow to the point of annoying, and basically inattentive. My husband asked what kind of beer they had on draft, and was told they only had Pilsner Urquel, which he ordered. When it came, the waiter said it was bottled and they actually didn't have any draft beer -- shouldn't the waiter know this (he didn't seem like a new kid on the block)? At any rate, the drinks took forever to come, as did each successive course.
The much vaunted spring rolls in a shopping basket were soggy with grease and cold inside. Mr. Chau's does better for a third the price. The first course, when it finally came was good -- I had the butternut squash and it was firm and flavorful, and my husband had a generous and satisfying heap of steamed clams.
But then there was a very long wait for the entrees, while the waiter seemed to wander around, chat with a friend having dinner at the bar, who knows what, but I do know that my skirt steak was tough (the kitchen's fault), and cold (had to have been the waiter's fault).
I was reluctant to say anything, because I hadn't picked the place and a birthday is birthday, why spoil it, but at $50/person, you can hardly imagine how they manage to stay open in an economic downturn and surrounded by so many good restaurants in the South Bay.
The place was never a stunner, but it's a pretty place and a quiet place, both of which in the past seemed to outweigh the lack of memorable food, but the balance has shifted. Definitely skip Tapestry.