|Glazed Pork Chop - Woodlot - allow for 2hr wait, seriously|
She'd read about Woodlot and heard about it's social networking marketing success story. Woodlot leap frogged over regular modes of propulsion by using twitter and had them lining up on opening night. I think the accelerated ascension onto the foodie scene may have led some of the staff to forget some of the basics of customer service in the restaurant business. This aint a Ramsay joint and you cant treat customers like crap and expect repeat business on a month old brand! But I'm getting ahead of myself.
Woodlot was fully booked but they have a large communal table on the main floor of the old garage space that accepts walk-ins, first come. H arrived early for us to squat but even the was told it would be nearly an hour. She happily read her book with a cool beer and cheerful service around the corner at Teatro until we arrived or the table opened up. Luckily, or so we thought, they called to tell us that we could have a proper table up in the loft.
The space is interesting, like an artist's loft inhabited by a rogue baker. The menu is Canadian comfort food, featuring seasonal ingredients presented simply. The staff seemed rather good at first. She was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wines. She offered suggestions and was quick with our wine. Soon thereafter,it would all go wrong.
It's been a chaotic time for us with the new baby, changes to career and some sad family news. It's kept me busy, exhausted and distracted from blogging for a bit. BUT last night at Woodlot was sufficient motivation alone to get me typing.
D and H ordered the Pork Chop after the server praised it. I ordered the Pickerel though was very tempted by the Vegan option of Glazed Tempeh. We also ordered Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes and Mushroom, Beet and Wild Rice salad as sides. She then suggested we order a starter since the Pork Chops would take 20 minutes or so. I chose the Haloumi Bruscetta.
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Cuisine: sophisticated Canadian comfort food
Cost: $$$-$$$$ (mains ~21$)
Ambiance: cozy loft
Service: horrible, except for manager
Wine list: decent
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|Service was shocking except for manager|