My friend went the first week of the "new" revamp and then returned with me a week later so he saw it pre and post Wells piece. I thought everything was great and actually wish there was more narration. He told me, after each course, how drastically it was cut back. If you didn't read the Wells piece and were just going as a normal every day customer, i assure you, you wouldn't know anything was up. It really felt no different than my dinner in 2010. There's nothing forced or cheesy about it. It was really lighthearted and playful.
Edit: Here's the carrot course
I should note that this is not to demonstrate how lengthy or short the typical spiel is. This one is probably on the long side simply because he is listing the ingredients. The other ones are very short, like "On the east coast, clam bakes are popular [gone]"