>> Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday September 17th
I arrive soooo late as I have to take Master P to urgent care, he has pneumonia! But after tucking him in with his antibiotics, I still drive to Novi to meet Lulu, Thad and The Greek....they call me heartless, but he is fine, really! Dinner was scheduled at 7, but at 8 i'm driving and Lulu states they are just now getting their salads...wow, service was slow. So she orders my entree while i'm driving. I arrive in time to eat, which was nice because I was starving! It so happens that our poor waitress (Sara) also had a party of 50 in addition to us, it wasn't her fault we had slow service and felt ignored. It was also annoying that the party was so loud and are table was uncomfortably close to them.
I missed the appetizers, but thankfully Lulu has kept notes. They ordered the Oysters Rockefeller, coconut shrimp, calamari and spinach artichoke dip. They declared the shrimp excellent and the dip "amazing". Thad liked the calamari, but said the tomato caper sauce was bad. The oysters, oh the oysters. I am so glad I missed the oysters and I believe the universe was delaying me in order to protect me! The Greek and Thad ate bad oysters. The Greek literally had to run out of the restaurant about 30 minutes after I arrived. The next day he text me, his stomach "contracted down to the size of a walnut then spewed forth the demon". For entrees, Lulu had vegetarian ravioli florentine with white wine alfredo sauce. She was not impressed, said she could have made store-bought ravioli more interesting. The Greek ordered a crab cake sandwich, and was disappointed that it seemed a pre-formed frozen crab cake. I think he was expecting a homemade, more interesting crabcake-type thing. Especially since the menu calls it a "signature" lump crab cake? He didn't eat much of it anyway, as he was sick from the oyster. Thad ordered the tuna au poivre, which came with house-made asian slaw, wasabi, pickled ginger. The tuna was seared, looks like he ordered medium to my eye...and he complained it was dry. I think it would have been better a little more rare. Either way, Thad wonders why doesn't anyone remind him he doesn't LIKE tuna? I swear this is the 3rd time he has ordered it in a month! They ordered for me, the resort pasta: fettuccine with spinach, pine nuts, chicken, tomatoes, garlic and cream sauce. The pasta is yummy. I cleaned my plate. Or was I just starved? We shared cheesecake for dessert, it was just a predictable ho-hum slice. Total bill $217 plus tip. That included 4 pama pomegranate martinis, Jack & Coke, and red wine for Thad.
The average of the ratings is about a 2....of course The Greek declares he hates the place. I also think he was most disappointed as he was the one who chose it. Thad, Lulu and I hang out at the bar for another drink and watch the band, Plan B. We like the bar balcony open to the outside. We agree that if we worked at the mall, we would hang out here after work (the restaurant is attached to 12 oaks mall...so maybe we had unfair expectations for a "mall" restaurant).
We also try to pin down our non-scientific rating system: 1) we will never go back under any circumstances. 2) The Pit of Medocrity 3) average, decent 4) Either great food, great atmosphere or great service, but probably not all three together 5) Excellent across the board, food - atmosphere - service. We are fully aware that we are spoiled. You do not need to point that out.
A Tin Fish at the Tin Fish.
We make plans for the upcoming Friday to go to Slow's BBQ. They want to start dressing in theme each Friday and state "pimps & hoes at Slows"....ah, no...
But as the next post will tell you, Thad changed his mind at the last minute and wanted to try the new Lockhart's BBQ instead.