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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: French: 1 Star

Re: “Justus Drugstore

I will never walk into this place again. I had intended to take a party of 7 there in a couple weeks - we are a group of friends that eat out once a month all over the city. We pride ourselves on the adventure of the group to variety and trying new places where none of us have gone before. Justus will not seat a party greater than 6 people - telling me that the kitchen can not do more than 6 at a table and that our party would have to sit at TWO TABLES. I went in on a weekday and told the hostess that we were planning a night out in two weeks with appetizers, entrees, dessert and drinks and that waiting for the 7th would not be an issue, but that we wanted to sit at one table. The hostess told me that she would have to check with the kitchen. She returned to tell me that we would have to sit at two tables - 4 at one and 3 at the other and that they would try to get us as close together as possible. I told her that it this arrangement was not acceptable and that they would not have our business. Buyer Beware!
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by G on 06/06/2009 at 10:40 AM

Re: “Justus Drugstore

This restaurant is one of the few that actually have to pay for there good reviews...seriously! I visited with my family on June 28th at around 5:45 p.m. a Saturday they told us there was no way we could get in that evening, that they were too busy, but if we would like to sit on the patio we could get in right away. We arrive...i talk to hostess that tells me that there is no room for our party of 5! (empty tables everywhere) until i tell her we called 10 minutes earlier and that they told me that they could seat us on the patio...so she says let me check (undecided). I explained to my party that i did not think they wanted our business since she ignored me 10 minutes after stating she would be right back...blah blah blah! ten minutes later she chases me out to my car and says no problem we can seat you... so we all proceed to unload the car and head to our table....so good so far! (ya right)! until we are finished with our 22nd glass of water 1 hour later and told that two of our entree's have been given to a different party and that the owner would like to buy us desert for our inconvenience. I myself am not a big desert person so i pass....the other partie members take advantage of her offer and order desert (bad idea) they bring me the bill and charge me for all 4 deserts that were suppose to be free. I tell the waiter and he starts shaking uncontrollably because he says we were only suppose to get 1 free desert...but they charged me for all 4...huh...what's that all about? anyway my experience was terrible to say the least...food sucks, service is even worse and my poor sister has to live in the same town as this phony restaurant!
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 1
Overall: 1

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Robin on 06/28/2008 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Aixois

Izard! You are so funny!
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by Samantha on 11/28/2007 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Tatsu's Somerset Plaza

Do not go to Tatsu's, if you expect a decent meal, especially for the kind of money they are charging. The menu was unimaginative to start with. To be fair, had some specials (vichyssoise, and a couple of salads you could "upgrade" to from the usual dinner salad: "avocado salad", consisting of half of avocado with shrimp salad topping on bed of greens (which turned out to be crab or maybe even surimi (aka fake crab legs, crab sticks)), and a "goat cheese salad" (greens tossed with raspberry vinaigrette, blueberries, strawberries, and goat cheese), which was actually the only decent thing in the whole dinner. The wine list by the bottle was decent (as opposed to being almost non-existent by the glass), we ordered a bottle of Lang & Reed Cab Franc (also available in Grand St Cafe) , which was served a bit warmish for my taste (but OK for my husband's). Vichyssoise tasted mostly of cream and salt, not leeks of potatoes. Entrees were truly horrible. The sides consistent of the bland mashed potatoes (too gluey, indicating they were made in a food processor or blender, instead of hand-mashed), steamed broccoli (in fist-sized overcooked pieces), and steamed baby carrots (very overcooked, sweet, and very mushy. I've had infinitely better steamed vegetables at Applebee's, I swear! As for the meat part, my husband had Veau a la Normand (veal with cream-calvados sauce) with, which came with rice underneath the meat (in addition to the potatoes, broccoli, and carrots); he said the rice tasted as smth out of the Uncle Ben's box. I had Filet de Boeuf Marchand de Vin (beef tenderloin with, supposedly, shallot-red wine reduction). My sauce was incredibly sweet, dense, and cloying, I would not be surprised if they added some starch to it (think bad Chinese restaurant sauce, and you'll get the idea). Meat was not good - unseasoned, and very tough on the exterior (in spite of being vaguely rare, as ordered, on the interior). The "final touch" was the dessert: we split a chocolate soufflé. It came in a huge ramekin (about 4 inches in diameter), and was split onto 2 plates tableside. The taste was half-cheap cocoa (with the appropriate light color) and half-steamed yolks. I would bet my own home-made dark-chocolate soufflé against this blasphemy anytime! To add insult to injury, the "suggested" tip was 20% on everything, including tax ($ 161 at that point, before tip). We left a decent tip for our poor clueless waitress, who kept mispronouncing all French names in the menu and was dripping the $45-a-bottle Cab Franc all over the tablecloth every time she was pouring or refilling out glasses. Oh yeah, and at $31 an entree (and $ 9 for a "salad upgrade") I would have liked to see my napkin folded when I had come back from a bathroom (one of the ultimate tests of good service). For the money we'd spent it was the worst meal ever (actually, it was probably THE worst meal ever, regardless of the cost), and that's including less expensive, but much better French-minded meals in New York City, Paris, New Orleans, and Napa Valley... For the same amount of money, you can go to "40 sardines" (or Bluestem) and have a meal, which would be 1000 times better. At any rate, we are NEVER going back there, and advise you to do the same.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by K_2 on 07/25/2007 at 6:12 PM

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