This restaurant makes a very good first impression. The atmosphere exudes modern French elegance but at the same time retains a romantic coziness. There were tables for two nestled in little private nooks, stylish but comfortable seating, a gorgeous chandelier I could hardly take my eyes off of, and a window to the action in the kitchen. You would expect it to be filled with the yuppie, 30-something Walkerville gentry, but the clientele was surprisingly geriatric. Our table was the youngest in the restaurant by a solid 30 years. Likely the other patrons were lured in by the Liver and Onions entree.
The waitstaff was unprepared to handle the ever-changing demands of our Gen Y table of 7 (No, make that 8. . . umm, actually it’s 9. . . Did I say 9? I mean 10). Our first waitress who “went home” (umm. . . no she didn’t) unloaded our table on another waitress who wasn’t familiar with the menu and had trouble keeping tabs on our orders and when we wanted them to come out. Dessert First got his dessert last and Mr. Muscles’ appetizer came with his entree. I’ll cut them some slack this time since the restaurant is new and the waitstaff hasn’t had enough practice with the menu, but I think our whole experience is a testament to the importance of educating the waitstaff and, at the very least, ensuring that they have sampled the menu.
In spite of all that, the food was really good. The menu is a bit overwhelming in its size, but it offers everything from sandwiches to steak at really reasonable prices. I was impressed by the hefty selection of seafood options, something you don’t see much of in local restaurants. My Blackened Catfish was perfectly cooked and delicious, though I would have liked a little veg with it (I ordered the soup as my side dish but it came out first, so my fish looked quite lonely the plate). Taster’s Pasta Carbonara was slightly undercooked (in my opinion, not his) but props to the chef for knowing that real carbonara doesn’t have cream. Miss Martini loved her Beet Ravioli so much she actually cleared the plate for once.
The most popular dish at our table came from the dessert menu. We ordered the Chocolate Ganache Cake and Triple Sec Cheesecake, which were both well plated and very good but neither was as popular with our table as the Carrot Cake. I think we’re all just suckers for thick layers of cream cheese frosting.
- Taster Girl
Ambiance – Classy, elegant, and romantic
Favourite Entree – The Blackened Catfish was flaky, perfectly cooked, and delicious topped with a dill remoulade that piques your palette.
Surprise Hit – Ravioli stuffed with beets and goat cheese.
Don’t Miss – The Carrot Cake with its moist texture and thick layers of cream cheese frosting.
Miss – Baked Potato Side – just a plain old baked potato with definitely nothing on it, not even butter.
Lorelai’s Bistro has the romantic elegance and high quality food that make it perfect for an intimate date night.
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