Originally Posted by Master-Classter
re: Capalansky's comment from a while back. I went there on a Thurs for their Rueben sandwich and it was great (panini toasted bread, swiss, saurkraut, thousand island dressing, and the meat). about $11-12.
I keep reading that Caplansky's is so wildly inconsistent that it's more often times bad. I've never been but I wanted to bring my father who is a fan of deli meat but of course I don't want to go when it turns out they did a bad batch that day.
Wednesday night I had dinner at Gabardine again. Mac & Cheese, plus some kind of berry jelly or pudding or something for dinner. Couple of old fashioneds plus my friend had her Americano. $64 tip included.
Thursday was uneventful - turned down a dinner midtown to do happy hour downtown. Ran into a bunch of yanks at a bar who kept trying to convince the bartender to pour vodka straight to the top of an old fashioned. They gave a 5% tip because she rationed them.
Friday I had a business lunch at South of Temperance. Never ever get trapped near the sides of the restaurant especially in the back near the fireplace where the wasps congregate. A pint or two helps keep the buzzing off your mind. I had some weird shrimps with shell on, couscous and asparagus mix. Can't say it was very remarkable. Shrimps were a bit hard to cut with a regular knife. Oh well, free lunch for me.
Night time I had to entertain someone for dinner who works with me down south but is from New York so I chose Splendido. We show up ridiculously early for dinner at 6 and took the seasonal 5 course tasting menu with wine pairings that just came out last week apparently. The wine pairings are all from a winery in Beamsville. The Riesling and Pinot Gris wines are much too sweet in my opinion. Except for the scallop and the squab, everything on the menu that you have a picture of is turned a little upside down in its presentation; in a good creative way. And there were at least three amuse bouche that they give for "free". The last entree, which was squab and a bunch of other meats is very heavy in spite of the smaller portions. And the dessert comes with a Bourbon Sour preceded by a caramel something amuse bouche spooned out of a jar. Between the sweet caramel and the bourbon I really lost my taste for the dessert. Otherwise, everything was great. She commented about the service. $436 including tip and two apertifs. Shoved off to a cocktail bar in Little Italy that night.
South of Temperance is definitely not as busy as last year. I think the earls chain on York is stealing all of their customers and the eye candy. I was actually there last week for drinks till 1:00 or something at the bar on a weekday (think it was Wednesday) night and the bar was packed. If you smoke and leave a box of cigarettes out, you can make quite a bit of money selling cigarettes to intoxicated financial area blokes. And the most interesting thing were bartenders who disappear on you, change into street clothes and then start joining tables full of attractive women.