A surprise birthday party thrown for me, but it seems like the real surprise was the sucky food. Usually you can't go wrong with a local cozy Italian BYO restaurant... well it was a good thing I had appetizers with my boyfriend around the corner at Koi (highly recommended local BYO), because I feel sorry for all my friends who were starving and had to suffer through this meal.\r
The BYO is always a plus and the appetizers they had made especially for ""big groups"" were ok. \r
However when it came time to eat, as the birthday girl, everyone let me have a bite of their food, and by the way , AS the birthday girl, I was the only one who didn't have a plate for 10 minutes. Guess they F'd up the Risotto, so although I tried to make my friends start their meals, no one would eat until I got my plate. \r
As I tried every plate, the ""hamburger helper"" with capers was way over salted, the veal had more fat then meat, the ""special"" Mahi-Mahi was overcooked and lacked flavor, the clam and linguini had no flavor other than over salted, the marinara (stew?) with meat and veggies was a soggy soup wit few chunks of meat, and other plates were left half eaten.\r
I'm just happy everyone brought at least a bottle each to drown out the awful taste, before going back to the house for birthday cake.
Cons: The dinner menu--overly or under seasoned, nothing amazing or even good