6 Park St, Montclair, NJ 07042
06/18/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I've never had a worse dining experience! Signs of foreboding disappointment abounded from the moment we were seated. Both tables on either side of ours were confused, shocked, then disgruntled. We, however, didn't heed the signs and stayed anyway. Evn though, we overheard their complaints of watered down espresso and a surprise ""split charge"" for a dessert that was shared, not technically split. We made note not to make those mistakes. Didn't matter, though, because we weren't exempt. My husband and I ordered appetizers (3), a rabbit dish (for him) and the hangar steak (for me). The server asked if we intended to share the appetizers. After observing what happened to our left, we answered with an emphatic ""NO"". She then suggested the Saturday special (chicken) instead of the hangar steak, but I declined. She asked, ""Are you sure you don't want to try the special? It's fresh and really popular tonight."" I declined again. She left and returned with the hostess (the chef's wife), who asked me if I would like to try the special. She then asked me, ""Are you sure you want the hangar steak? Have you had it before? I said no for the third time. Many people aren't familar with the cut and are disappointed by the texture."" The server returned again to tell me that they were out of the hangar steak. She told me that I should have heeded the many ""hints"" she dropped about the hangar steak including her attempts to steer me towards the special. I asked why the run-around? Why didn't she just tell me they were out of the hangar steak? She said it would be unprofessional. UNPROFESSIONAL?!?! Arghh! I was so annoyed that I didn't order an entree at all. I decided that their furtive antics would cause them to lose out on my $25 entree. I stuck with my mediocre salad frisee instead. I wish I could say that there was something redeeming about this experience, but there was not one. Service was beyond horrible and the food is mediocre at best and plated in unappetizing ways.
I will not go back.