Richmond - went to The Lounge at Verbena last night
After reading the review in the TD on Thursday, I kept it in mind for after movie/theatre since they serve until 1:00.
We got there at 10:00; the restaurant was crowded as was The Lounge, but we found two seats at the bar. Nice (with some unique offerings) of wines by the glass. We ordered two small plates: rabbit empanadas and duck dumplings. Not good. They were both way too salty, and the pastry was all wrong - as my husband said, it's under- and overcooked at the same time. I called them mystery meat frozen appetizers, since there was really no discernible rabbit nor duck in them, and they had the texture of frozen, ready-made appetizers. The women next to us got the mini-pizza and while they seemed to enjoy it, I swear it looked like something out of a Lean Cuisine box, or the type you get at a ball game. Of course, I didn't taste it, so I can't judge. The service seemed a bit confused up there. The bartender was very nice, though.
I still want to try Verbena for dinner, but we'll be skipping The Lounge from here on out. I'd rather go back to Can Can for the cheese plate on those rare nights we find ourselves out after 10:00.