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Tryst in Arlington and Lexx in Lexington report - long

Monika | Oct 23, 2004 07:36 PM

I went alone to Tryst for a dinner 2 weeks ago on Saturday night. The place was full but I found a chair at the bar and ordered from the full menu.
I got veal osso bucco with some kind of savory pudding and mushrooms which was very good, although I would like to have more food for side dishes. The service was very slow. It took more than 1/2 hour from placing the order to getting it, apparently because it was the first night they got busy (bartender's official version, who BTW apologized multiple times for the delay). I didn't get any bread until I asked for it and this also took more than 5 minutes. I decided to skip dessert (although the apple pie with ice cream looked very tempting), afraid it would be another long wait.
Overall, I liked the place but I hope service will improve with time.

I went to Lexx 2 times so far. First time it was Wednesday night, when it was slow and the service was OK, but not great. I asked for ice tea with lemon and no sugar. Our waitress came back and told me that the only ice tea they have is bottled one, which I always find annoying (what could be simpler to make in a restaurant than fresh ice tea?). On the positive side, she immediately offered to make a pot of hot tea and pour it over ice, which she did. I just wish, she took into account the ice which melted and made the tea very weak. However the cold beverage glasses are relatively small at Lexx and when I finished it, she didn't ask if I wanted more.
I had that night sweet *something* chipotle chicken wings for appetizer which were tasty but very sticky and tricky to eat. For main entree I had salmon served with fingerling potatoes, sundried tomatoes, garlic and artichokes. The salmon was a bit overcooked but generally good. My 12 year old son had their macaroni and cheese and he liked it.
Since we both were satisfied the first time, we went to Lexx on Saturday. We came there around 5.30-6.00 pm, way ahead of the dinner rush and were sited immediately. I have ordered this time crabcakes for appetizer and roast chicken with mashed potatoes and sauteed greens. My son order steak tips which were also served with mashed potatoes and asparagus.
While our orders were taken immediately and we got bread (which was very good), drinks and crab cakes relatively soon, it took for ever to get our main entrees. In fact, there was a couple at the next table who came in after us and got their food first. Few times we were approached with dishes we didn't order (they have this system where one person takes order and someone else brings your food) and when we declined them, for some reason they immediately made an assumption, we were all set (maybe because the table was empty except for out water glasses). I tried to get attention of our waitress, but she was too busy to notice (place got full around 7 pm). Finally when the food arrived and I complained how long it took to get it, the only thing I got from the waitress was 'but it has arrived now' (so what is a problem? - she silently implied), without a single apology. Chicken was tasty, but potatoes (in both dishes) were seriously overwhipped, therefore very glue like. My greens were so so, the leaf part was tasty, but stalks seriously undercooked. The steak tips and asparagus was good too. Since my son wanted dessert, we ordered white chocolate cheesecake (very good) and I had a cup of coffee, which was bitter and tasted burnt.
Over all, the second experience was much worse than the second one. I also hope they will improve with time but I think I am going to hold off with the next visit until I hear about other people experiences with that place.


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