Good review - except for the French headline which should read: C'est bon (misplaced apostrophe). Oops!
So glad you spotlighted this restaurant... they have terrific food (sushi, in my opinion is the best in the city), fun drinks and a great ambiance. I never knew about the happy hour special on rolls, so thanks for that information too. :-)
Compane brick over bistro!!!
Esan is one of Rochester's little pearls. The food is wonderful, the environment is simple, and the owners treat you like you're a member of their family. There are many choices in this area, but only one Esan.
Wow. I am shocked by this review. First of all Esan is thai vietnamese so where rochester, Bangkok and New York meets comes from baffles me. Maybe doing a little homework before your visit may help! Esan is the best Thai restaurant in Rochester run by the most kind and precious family who work so hard and employ the best staff in town. It completely dissapoints me that somebody culturaly inept is doing these reviews. Next time stick to burger and fries!
I appreciate the background info but more than half the article has nothing to do with the review. Very dull.
Esan was certainly not the first. Off the top of my head, the Bangkok and Mamasan's predate Esan and I think there might be one or two more.
I think this is a completely fair review. I have enjoyed the beautiful location and ambiance and of course the beer selections and service are top notch, but I haven't had one outing (of around 5 total) that wasn't punctuated by a misfire on one or more cocktails or food pairings for myself or one of my companions. I love Joe's passion for his work and adore the Tap and Mallet. I believe Tap and Table will do just fine (it certainly seems to be already) but I think it has some way to go to reach its full promise.
I went to Tap & Table a few weeks ago and was a little underwhelmed as well. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't this mind-blowing beer/food pairing experience. People had talked it up so much that maybe it just fell short of the hype.
Personally, I think this review is pretty fair and also hope that as the restaurant goes forward it grows into the accolades that have already been set upon it.
Not-inexpensive... double negative. "Expensive" I believe is the term you were looking for.
Dear Ms. Kenyon
I am the owner of the Tap and Table. I feel the need to respond to the article that was published. I am sorry that you didn’t enjoy your time at my restaurant. I do not feel that the overall article is a fair assessment of the food. There are also a couple of points that I would like to add in the hope that readers will have a better understanding of what we are all about:
We put a strong emphasis on serving world-class beer and pairing it with the dishes on our menu. We make recommendations for a beer with every dish. There is a hugely diverse range of flavors in craft beer and we feel they enhance the meal. This is a major part of what sets Tap and Table apart from other restaurant experiences. I wish you had explored this area that is obviously an important part of our identity Ms. Kenyon.
While there was no mention of the service in the article I hope that you enjoyed my staff. They provide a knowledgeable, friendly and professional experience. I receive many compliments in this area.
Our goal is not ‘reinvent and reimagine’ as you suggest. We prepare dishes with the finest ingredients that are available at the time and strive to keep the food simple and elegant. We hope that the quality and essence of the ingredients are able to shine through.
While you may believe that we do not ‘fully reflect Rochester and its surroundings' unique food bounty’ I can tell readers that they can enjoy a locally sourced food experience that is made possible through our current relationships with the following farms:
Seven Bridges Farm (Lima, NY), Bolton Farms (Hilton, NY) Cayugua Produce (Cayuga, NY), Lively Run Goat Dairy (Interlaken, NY) Oink and Gobble (Interlaken, NY) Pittsford Dairy (Pittsford, NY), Red Jacket Orchards (Geneva, NY) Mason Farms (Williamson, NY) Old Ridge Farms (Williamson NY) Grassland Farms (Ovid, NY) and Lagoner Farms (Williamson, NY)
In conclusion I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read this open letter and to ask them to take the article with a pinch of salt (but not too much salt, hey Ms. Kenyon!)
Sincerely, Joe McBane.
For exceptional service an delicious food I prefer to go next door, to Ticas with a Twist. It's a gem - an unlikely fusion of Costa Rica and the Mediterranean, well executed as a proudly family owned and run small business.
Every time I have made it across the river to Tap & Table has been exceptional. The menu shows a creative side that many restaurants in our city stray from because I the fear of reviews like this one. I applaud Mr. McBane & his staff for continually being on the edge & striving to keep the interest of dedicated patrons. The service, which was never mentioned in the review, is also top notch. A knowledgeable staff answering each request as if was the most important task at hand. The space itself is beautiful & inviting wether just catching lunch or having a large group join you for dinner. I will be back as often as possible!
Best. Sauce. Ever. Made. I could eat it on anything/everything. Also, they have fantastic breakfast.
I AM CONFUSED.THE CONTROVERSY ABOUT ITALIAN KITCHEN PAUSE A QUESTION WHAT ARE YOURS CREDENTIALS?? IF I UNDERSTAND YOU ARE CONFUSED NOT ABOUT" AMOR"E BUT BECAUSE YOU IGNORANT O F THE ITALIAN KITCHEN. WHY DO I SAY THAT IS BECAUSE YOU WRITE IF THE SOUTHERN KITCHEN IS NOT PART OF ITALY BUT TO YOU THE ONLY ONE YOU KNOW.THE BEAUTY OF ITALIAN FOOD IS BECAUSE IS NUMBER ONE IN THE WORLD.BECAUSE EACH TOWN FROM THE ALPS TO PALERMO ARE DIFFERENT AND INNOVETIVE. GO AND WRITE ON TOILET PAPER
@Ryan Lorenz. They aren't telling you they took it off the shelf and served it to you. It is the same ingredients, but they make it fresh there. They don't just take it out of the jar/package and serve it to you.
Your review is actually exactly what I expected—good service and a huge promotion of Wegman's products. Both of which are typical of Wegmans. I was a bit surprised that the "Wegman's' press materials position Amore as a spot for a quick bite, casual date, or relaxed meal with a crowd." since all of the outdoor advertising I've seen shows what appears to be a well-to-do woman in a cocktail dress. I guess if you are in Wegman's already and wanted to get a quick bite to eat it would make sense but it never struck me as a place I would purposely go for a meal.
My biggest problem with Amore is their "focus on the Italian Classics line". When I got that spiel from the server, all I got from it was, "Your pasta has jarred sauce on it". I can do that at home. After hearing that, I ordered the pizza. I'm not going back.
We've had meals at Amore one time for lunch, one time for dinner. Both visits, the calamari was the best we've eaten. Prosecco was an out-and-out bargain. Second visit, we asked that our calamari be ready when we arrived and served as we were seated. It was. Service could not have been better. Executive chef, Russell Ferguson and his kitchen-charges, as well as floor and front staff, made our dining experience enjoyable, through-and-through. We'll return, adding Amore to our group of wonderful places to eat in Rochester.
500 Panorama Trail
Rochester, NY 14625-2848
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