Disappointing Christmas Dinner
This was our first time at Lobby. We have eaten at other Concentric restaurants and thought this would be a good choice for Holiday Dinner, so we made reservations for the buffet ($44/person). The food was disappointingly very average and uncreative -- not like their other restaurants. Most bothersome, however, was the absence of many of the advertised dishes, with no comparable substitutions, or apologies. Never saw the crab claws, sprouts with smoked bacon & roast garlic, chicken & watercress soup, the creamy pasta w/ mushrooms and Parmesan, or the assorted rolls (there was choice of one kind of hamburger-type bun). Couldn't believe the green bean casserole was actually the pedestrian ""classic"" with the fried onions on top. (Not sure if Campbell's soup was an ingredient but wouldn't be surprised.) They added-- perhaps in place of that fancy pasta-- sharp cheddar mac 'n cheese. There were substitutions on the dessert table, too, which included 2 pumpkin offerings. (Staff really needed to freshen up this table-- it was an unappealing mess). The turkey was moist and flavorful, the salmon was fresh, and the bliss potatoes (red peel included) creamy and delicious. Some of the salad greens were a bit slimy, but we picked those bits out and enjoyed the rest. Again, just average. The atmosphere is pleasant contemporary design: casual, cafe-like with all hard surfaces, and consequently with a moderately high noise level. We sat alongside the window and it was very cold, drafty. The service was exceptional (this WAS a buffet, keep in mind!) and the 18% gratuity was conveniently included on our bill-- that, plus a $24 bottle of wine got the TWO of us out the door for just under $145. Merry Christmas.