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Posted by Chris on 07/27/2007
My girlfriend and I went on a Thursday night in July and the place was PACKED. We arrived around 7:30 and were told the wait would be about 30 minutes. We said it was fine and were seated within about 20 minutes. Unfortunately, the small bar was also full so we had to stand by the door no more than a foot or two away from people eating and drinking wine. I also felt a little neglected because two people who came in after us were shown to the bar and given menus while we were not. It was a little intimidating to be in this place; everyone seemed to know what they were talking about when they were selecting their wines (we do not know anything about wine). But after we sat down, all was forgiven. We put the decision in our waitress' very capable hands. We told her the entree we wanted (the Happy Waitress for 2) and asked for her to select 4 cheeses and whatever glass of white wine which would be appropriate for what we would be eating. She came back right away with a delicious glass of wine from South Africa. Our meal also came quickly and it was incredible. The Happy Waitress consists of a salad of mixed greens, including arugula, crispy bacon, dressing already mixed in, and an amazing little wheel of cheese. I forget what it was called, but it reminded me of brie. The cheese came on the plate and it was GRILLED (you can see the marks) until it was totally melted through. Amazing. Then soon after our four cheeses were brought out by one of the chefs, or the cheese selector or someone. She advised us on how to eat the cheeses and told us about the things that were paired with each cheese to bring out their flavors. One was paired with figs, one with honey, one with maple popcorn (!!!) and the last with rasins on the vine and honey mustard. We finished the meal up with a lemon tart which was accompanied by some goat cheese ice cream. The tart was fantastic, sort of a combination lemon custard and creme brulee.
Posted by hells kitchen diner on 06/21/2007
I've been twice and will be back for more great wine & cheese very soon. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, the wine is well priced and the place looks great. It can get a little loud when full, which seems to be the case more often than not, but it's worth raising your voice a bit to pull up a chair.