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Posted by jt on 12/28/2004
A good chef trying to produce great food in a charming room...what could be the problem? Noise! It turns out the same music piped into the bar is showered on the diners in Silver Leaf Tavern. According to the management turning down the background music is no problem; according to the staff the hotel the same volume control governs the bar and the restaurant. The night I was there diners were complaining right and left. How can you enjoy great food when you're continously assaulted with music suitable for torture? You can't.
Posted by GMM0215 on 11/30/2004
This place is relatively new, only two months old, but despite some mixed reviews about it, my friends and I took a chance. I, for one, was pleasantly surprised. Our waiter was knowledgeable, helpful and friendly without being overly solicitous. The variety of breads and spreads they offer to start are delicious--sweet butter, smushed chickpeas and fresh ricotta drizzled with a little olive oil. The ricotta spread on some flatbread with a bit of fresh cracked pepper was so yummy! It's kind of a weird menu in that it's not one type of cuisine, certainly on the eclectic side. Definitely try their signature appetizer: the goat cheese french toast with mushrooms! Decadent and a fun twist on what's typically a breakfast item. We also shared a bowl of their fries--perfectly done and presented with a couple of different condiments. Calamari and fried clam bellies were good. I had a roasted whole fish for entree--fresh and light. My boyfriend really liked the hangar steak and short rib knish. (I loved the knish!). Their peach julep cocktail is like a mojito, but peachy! Great. Was too stuffed to try dessert, but my friend had the homemade cookies and hot chocolate and enjoyed them. A little on the pricey side, but I wasn't taken aback. I wouldn't rush-rush back here, but I would certainly give it another go in a couple of months.