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Posted by slachs on 12/17/2007
Make sure if you dine here that you sit out back under the skylight. Pretty awesome. We didn't have a reservation, but were told, somewhat begrudgingly, that if we can make sure to vacate our table within 1.5 hrs, we could be seated. Pleasant. It seemed like there may have been some unrest at this place, because the service had a negative edge/vibe to it. Little annoying mistakes like late bread and butter, and no plates for it. Etc. The waitress was aloof and uninspired. We each had a salad and I must admit, they were awesome. Really fresh and intelligent ingredient combinations. The entrees were just average. Nothing to write home about. I can't even recall the quality of the dessert, so that says something in and of itself. This place wasn't bad, just not great. And this is the type of place that can and should be special. Maybe it was an off night? Probably won't give it another shot to find out, too many other awesome restaurants in this city... Meh.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/25/2007
Having a foodie brother, I've tried many fabulous restaurants in the city, and few compare to August. It's low-key in atmosphere, but can't be beat in service and food. They always have a few staples that I love, and I come back once every few weeks for their seasonal items. The desserts are fabulous, but their apps and fish are rediculously wonderful! The service is always sweet and willing to talk and make you feel at home, even when they're crowded beyond belief. If you want a relaxed but wonderful dinner, you MUST try August.
Posted by Wooly on 10/11/2007
The previous reviewer on this page hit it on the button. The lamb is pure fat. You can feel the pure saturated fat rolling across your tongue. Truly awful. Totally reorganize that menu! The little back room with the pitched glass overhead is nice to sit in as the sun's going down--snd then they turn the lights on low, sweet. But what a terrible disappointment! Nice place for a drink perhaps, but go elsewhere for sustenance.
Posted by Bea on 10/07/2007
Had heard good things about this restaurant, but was extremely disappointed. After our appetizer we had to wait nearly 40 minutes for our main course. Noone bothered to clear off a piece of tomato left on the table from the appetizer until we were given our dessert menus. The entrees disappointed--the baby back lamb ribs were too fatty and the fish was definitely not worth $21. I hoped the dessert might save the meal, but the coffee was served lukewarm and the peach crostada was tasteless. I won't go back.
Posted by Anon on 08/19/2007
Returned for dinner after 2 yrs prior in the Fall. Everything is still as good as it was before. Food was excellent as was the service. Did not have reservations and inquired in person prior to opening at 5:30pm and was informed to return when they opened for service and should be seated with no problems which was exactly what happened. Will return again sooner than 2 yrs!
Posted by Sy on 07/27/2007
Phoned up and they said "No reservations available tonight but you could try walking in." Did that and although I could see many empty seats they said they were full for an hour and a half unless they got a cancellation. I left my cell and name (not asked for but I gave it). After 10 minutes they called to say they had a cancellation but had to fill it in 10 minutes. Rushed back and got a table for two. I don't know why there was this charade as there were clearly other empty tables which remained empty (other walk-ins turned away for no apparent reason) for the duration of our meal. The appetiser was the best part. Why is this so often the case? Idea for a restaurant only serves appetisers? Delicious light Sicilian bread with octopus and salad on top. The oysters were nothing special. The entree was a bit of a let down. Lamb ribs - incredibly greasy. I suppose I should have realised lamb would be. The chickpea fries were soooo salty otherwise I think they would have been a hit. Dessert was an average chocolate mousse. With the rave reviews expected a LOT better and in this day and age to have too salty food and too greasy is a bit of a shock. Not sure whether I would return or not. Probably as they apparently change the menu but there are a lot of restaurants out there...
Posted by Anonymous on 07/20/2007
I love this place. The atrium is heaven. It's my usual place for special occasions. You must try one or two appetizers, they are edible perfections. The menu changes often - which is why I keep coming back often! I'm always sure it will be a delicious surprise.