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Town Hall Restaurant

christinet | Dec 11, 200311:09 PM

Dinner at Town Hall Restaurant last night.

--Seems to be the "in hip place"/also a con, see below.
--Very nice staff;one of Rosenthal brothers- chef/owner on site (while the other brother continues to man the stoves at Postrio.
--Once seated, decent space between tables.
--Homey fresh wheat textured french bread with fresh tasting butter.
--Excellent food:green salad with persimmon, walnuts, bleu cheese/perfectly dressed with good contrasts of flavor; spinach salad with fried battered oysters/tasty; Steak (see comment about difficulty in cutting) well prepared with potato chunks on top; veal meatballs a terrific upscale version of Ikea/swedish atop mashed potatoes; potatoes gratin one of several excellent sides for $4 was amazing; mussels (they seem to be on every new restaurants menus these days) at next table looked very good.
--NO CORKAGE--at least at this point/last night, wine list is small and "informal" per server.
--GREAT desserts--we had huge bowl of chocolate/caramel pot a creme and a serving of one of the best ever intense rich flavored thin cake portion/more topping/pineapple upside down cake with dab of vanilla ice cream with caramel swirled on top.
--Rich strong coffee.
--$100 including tax/tip for two with 2 salads, 2 entrees, one appetizer and 1 side,2 desserts and 2 coffees.

--No valet parking (it was pouring rain), but despite financial/soma location-after 6 pm, street parking available/but watch traffic flow since it is dangerous freeway off ramp--fast cars!!
--Strange building lay-out, looped around entire building to locate door (on SW side of building)and got plenty wet.
--Poor interior configuration, greeter/seater had to line-back for us to get through HUGE crowd around bar at entrance which blocks path to seating area.
--If you are seated in rear, you will be in path for dishwashing area, with busboys running by with huge trays of wineglasses, about 10% of which end up broken in loud crash---whichever designer did space plan added huge overhead in glass breakage costs!
--VERY VERY VERY noisy, really unable to carry on any kind of conversation.
--Dishes used for many servings inappropriate. Steak served in deep casserole-like plate making cutting into the meat, let alone seeing what you are cutting impossible. Bowls are used for many items where flat plates would work better.
--No back door, so you must again push through huge bar crowd on way out---although many patrons decided to storm kitchen door and exit through rear.

Overall, they are doing huge business very well considering they have only been open about a month. Too bad restaurant space is so inefficient, but hope they will work through other issues (noise/dishes), since food is noteworthy.


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