Restaurants & Bars 8

Troquet/ Teatro

9lives | Mar 15, 2004 12:53 PM

I've heard good things about Troquet, but I can't say I'm a member of the fan club.

Stopped in at Troquet on Saturday night...all primed to check out the new wine bar. Very disappointing. We looked at the wine list for a while, thinking the bartender might ask if she could help recommend something..she put down a bowl of olives and went back to talking to her co workers. Sort of felt like we were interrupting her. We finally picked 2 wines..she poured them with microscopic precision and gave them to us..never were asked if we enjoyed our wine...completely noninteractive experience..Chablis and Cabernet both served in Reidel Chardonnay glasses. This was definitely not a "wine bar" experience. As an aside, there was only 1 other table occupied in the downstairs at 7:15 on a Saturday night. Upstairs dining room was busier.

Then walked over to Teatro for dinner. I had put in my name earlier and we were seated pretty quickly; though the bar was packed. I ordered an Italian wine that I wanted to try...waiter asked if I had it before? I said no..he gave a brief description of the wine and asked what I was having for dinner. He suggested another wine, but brought over both bottles..for me to taste and order what I preferred...night and day difference between the wine service at Teatro and Troquet.

The food was great at Teatro too..veal saltimbocca and pan seared haddock. $20 entrees that compare favorably with most $30 entree restaurants around town.

I've posted about Teatro before. If you can stand the noise (it's loud), I think it's one of the best "bang for the buck" places in town in this price range.

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