Blue Velvet - portions utterly unreasonable
Ok, so one of my girlfriends and I decide to try out Blue Velvet (downtown, in the Flats residential complex) for dinner last night. We'd been forewarned that the portions were quite small for the prices, and we figured we knew what we were getting ourselves into. As it turned it, we didn't, really.
We started off with 2 appetizers, and we told the waitperson in passing that we intended to share them. When we said "share", we meant that we would both be tasting each dish. The waitperson thought we meant "share" more in the fashion of "splitting", and so she told us, very clearly and very diplomatically, that the plates at Blue Velvet were too small to share. She didn't use these exact words, but she was definitely very clear. We thanked her for her honest comments, but since we were going to order entrees and dessert as well, we figured we'd be fine.
The appetizers were the fried yogurt and the marinated sardines. The fried yogurt, which arrived in 2 small rectangles about the size and shape of chicken nuggets, was absolutely delicious, with perfect accompaniments of golden currents and pine nuts. We were not so impressed with the sardines, which came on a bed of carrots, another vegetable (which I've forgotten), and lentils. The sardines, indeed the whole dish, was nearly devoid of flavor and badly, desperately, in need of seasoning. Salt, at least. Both starters were $12, which wasn't exactly a good deal, but didn't seem completely ridiculous.
But here's where things do get ridiculous. For entrees, we had a hard time deciding between 3 dishes. Ultimately, my friend ordered the hangar steak and I ordered the "duo of squab" - essentially squab breast cooked one way and squab leg cooked another.
My friend's steak ($28, I believe), perfectly cooked, gorgeous and fabulous, could have fit easily into the middle of the palm of her hand - nothing hanging over and nothing piled on top of itself. I forgot what came with the steak, but some sort of veggie, in amounts suited solely for decorative value.
My "duo" (also $28), however, was bar none the smallest, most outrageously skimpy entree I have ever seen, anywhere, in any restaurant, in any country I have ever been in. Basically, I'd been served the breast and leg of a squab. ONE BREAST AND ONE LEG!!!! OF A TINY SQUAB!
It was absurd. I finished my entree (which was, admittedly, full of complex, innovative flavors and was delicious) and sat there for 10 minutes while my friend finished her meal, and I was still hungry. Literally hungry, not just "not full".
About 2 minutes after my friend finished her meal, she said to me, "So what the heck? Are we going to order that other entree or what?". We ended up ordering the tempeh ($22), which we split (it too, was delicious).
We ended the meal with a "cherries and cream" dessert and the "almost a sundae dessert" (both $10), which were also both quite good, and reasonably sized.
I should mention that the restaurant itself is gorgeous, and the staff were very attentive. In all, we had a terrific experience except for the fact that 2 women, a size 2 and size 4 respectively, had to order 2 starters, 3 entrees and 2 desserts just to feel reasonably satiated. That is ludicrous. In fact, it's so ludicrous that despite the great food and pleasant service, I will probably never be back there again. Our meal, including one cocktail and a glass of wine, was $165 after tax, before tip.
We were there a month ago for dinner on the way to the POLICE concert. The food had slipped compared to the first time we went and the quantity was very small also.
It seems the only thing going for BV at present is the Uni Sex Bathroom which is something you don't see everyday?