Salmon and Fries
If you are looking to eat in a basement of a 19th century estate, this is exactly where you should go. If you are like the rest of us, perhaps you will find the décor a little... uninviting. As I walked in, I noticed the cool, dark atmosphere. The hostess greeted me cordially and sat me at a booth. I know I should have known by the name that the restaurant would be themed as a cellar, however, I just assumed the server would go to the cellar for me. I didn't think we all had to be there.
The server came by and took my drink order. Now this server had a way about him. A way in which reminded me of a man in a 1980's van with no windows... kind of way. Maybe it was the setting. Maybe it was the way he stood behind the pillars in the room, peering at his customers. I can just say he was a little different. In all seriousness I took it that he was just trying too hard to be a server in an elegant restaurant. Perhaps he would have loosened up if I had informed him that we are all in a basement.
He returned and took my order. If you follow The Picky Fork, you may know by now that I am a fan of salmon. Let me note that everyone tells me the prime rib is the best at this establishment. I know, I know. How can I order fries? The side orders were on a short list and it was the only thing I saw that I would like. The spot you see on the salmon is the remnants of a glob of butter that the salmon was served with.
How did it taste? The salmon was cooked perfectly. The fries were fresh cut, but nothing special that you couldn't get at some of the local sub shops. I never talk money but I feel it is worth mentioning here. I would have liked to pay five dollars less for this dish. It was tasty but I feel that's the real drawback for this particular experience.
So to sum it all up, it was basement dining at its finest. The waiter was odd and did not make me feel welcome. The food was delicious, yet a bit overpriced. I did ask for no spinach under my salmon and that request was granted. I can say I will be returning here, but not too soon. For picky friendliness, I have to give this experience a 3.9 out of 5.