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Tryst review (long)


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Tryst review (long)

Sal Monella | Feb 23, 2006 02:24 PM

Well, we finally made over to Tryst after considerable debate and with the understanding that they made a chef change. Since we've never been there before, I can't compare any improvements. Nonetheless, my wife and I were disappointed in general. We didn't have reservations because the place is usually fairly empty (we drive by the place at least once a day every day) so we took a chance that we may wait for a table. We got there approx. 6:30, noticed that many tables were empty but strangely the hostess didn't have anything available. Not a big problem as we understood that they may be reserved for another time slot. So she brought us over to the bar area and offered a 2 person table. Would have been ok except for the tables were approx 6 inches apart and tiny. I asked if we could have a 4 person hi-top table (both were empty). She said that they save them for parties of 3-4. We didn't have much choice at this point so we sat at the little table. Funny thing...halfway thru our dinner, the hostess did seat a couple at one of the hi-top tables. Bummer for us. We ordered a nice appetizer of calamari and the bread with chickpea? spread was very good. For main courses we both had a seafood. Mine was a crabmeat wrapped in bacon which I thought was decent but not out of this world. My wife had a sea bass plate that was not very good. Tasted very fishy even for sea bass. I sampled it and agreed that it didn't quite taste as we expected. She was going to send it back but didn't. Service-wise, there was some confusion between our waitress and the bartender. The were not coordinating their efforts so both of them would ask us the same questions repeatedly. I appreciate the attentiveness but it did become nerve-wracking after a while. Otherwise, they were pleasant. We had a couple of glasses of average wine and a nice flight of dessert samples. The whole bill came to approx. $150 including a generous 20%+ tip. All in all not a horrible experience but nothing to write home about. For that kind of money, I expected a lot more professional service and food quality. I'd like to hear from others about their recent experiences at Tryst.

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