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Thor Review #2

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Thor Review #2

Lucia | Mar 12, 2006 01:46 AM

I first went to Thor in October soon after the restaurant opened, and I LOVED it. I just went tonight and the good news is that the food remains fabulous. The bad news is that prices have escalated drastically from my first visit and service has deteriorated to the same measure. The punch line: despite the great food, I won't be back.

First, to be fair, the food: my boyfriend and I shared a delicious spatzle and sweetbreads dish. I had the trout for my main. The fish was wonderful, although the "creamed spinach" that it came with was more like a sauce than a side. It was also a bit salty. My boyfriend was also very happy with his lamb (although a little underwhelmed by the accompanying broccoli puree). Only the banana and pineapple mousse dessert was subpar.

So, on to the meat of the review. We had reservations at 9:30. We weren't seated until 10:30. When we were seated, it was without any sort of apology whatsoever for the wait. I was annoyed, needless to say, but I know that Thor is sceney, so I tried to make do. Things got worse when I looked at the menu. Prices have gone up significantly since my first visit, but I had no inkling because the Thor website doesn't list prices and the menupages listing still has the same prices as I had on my first visit. So, for example, the brook trout went from $18 on my first visit (per menupages) to $25 on this visit. My boyfriend's lamb was now $28, up from $23. Even dessert prices were inflated, now $9, instead of $7. Unfortunately, this increase in prices was not met by the level of service, which was perfunctory at very best. We waited almost 20 minutes from the time we sat down (an hour past reservations!) to order. Our waitress was friendly, but obviously overworked and overstressed. She simply didn't have time to do anything but take our orders.

Overall, my visit to Thor made me very sad. I would love to go back for the food, but with prices as high as they currently are, I expect a little bit of a relaxed atmosphere and good service. Instead, Thor is loud, cramped, and fast-paced (after we ordered it was literally 45 minutes later when we paid our check). I regret to say that I won't be back. The food just isn't worth the hassle.

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