Julie Bindel

My favourite restaurant serves rubbish food – and I still love it

Service and atmosphere matter more than the menu

  • From Spectator Life
New York Restaurant – Edward Hopper (Muskegon Museum of Art)

One of my favourite restaurants of all time serves mediocre food, has a limited menu, and occasionally brings a dish containing none of the advertised ingredients.  Why do I love it so? Because the service and the ambience are both a delight. The warm greeting from the proprietor who always remembers his customers’ names; the attentive (but not fawning) waiter who immediately produces menus and water without being asked; and the sommelier who recommends a perfect aperitif before talking us through the wines in a matter-of-fact way that belies the usual ‘You can really taste the terroir,’ and ‘This one...

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