Four of us had dinner at Thalia last night and it was quite nice. First off, I had little to no expectations since I had posted on the board a few days ago and the only response that I received was a short one stating not good at all. We shared everything:
slices of seared tuna over something
fricassee of mushrooms over creamy polenta
bleu cheese salad
yellow fin tartare with granny smith apples and 3 very thin slices of dried apple (yum)
Braised lamb and lamb chops over risotto
Pasta with broccoli rabe, tomatoes, garlic and oil
Braised short ribs
Vanilla crème brulee with sesame tuille and chocolate truffle
Chocolate ganache cake with caramel ice cream
Seared tuna was good quality, but plain when compared with the tuna tartare which was heavily marinated. Almost too heavily marinated for my tastes, but a quarter portion was fine. Crab cakes were great, lots of crab, very little filler and just the right degree of crispiness. Salad was fine, not being a fan of bleu cheese, I just had some arugula greens. Mushrooms and polenta were also fine. All the entrees were really good. The chocolate ganache cake was like a soufflé with liquid chocolate oozing out. It was so good and rich. Truly a pleasure for a chocolate fiend. My lease favorite item was the crème brulee, the consistency was like a pudding and the sesame tuille was terrible. The one piece of chocolate truffle was ok, but the combo of tuille, brulee and truffle was just not good. BTW, presentation of all the dishes was very good.
Service was very good. The waitress was very professional, attentive, yet not obtrusive. Bread was refilled once and we were asked one time after that if we wanted more bread. There was a choice of 3 breads, French, multi-grain and foccacia, nothing special. I had a few bites of the French, very boring and half of the multi-grain which was better. Water was refilled several times. Coffee and tea were brought out before dessert. Many wait staff seem to do the reverse which irks me unless dessert is brought out almost immediately after. I want to enjoy the two together. It wasnt too loud and the tables were far enough apart so that we could have a conversation. Décor was almost like a theatre which suits its location. I would recommended this place as a good pre or post theatre restaurant. We went for an early dinner after a matinee.