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Thoughts on Banq?

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Elyssa Jul 1, 2008 06:23 AM

Hi All,

I'm back in Boston for a visit in July and my parents made a reservation at Banq so my bf and I could celebrate my Mom's birthday. Thoughts on this restaurant? Any must try items?

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    nasilemak RE: Elyssa Jul 1, 2008 06:53 AM

    I wished the food matched up with the spectacular decor.

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      tdaaa RE: Elyssa Jul 1, 2008 07:57 AM

      My father loves it. I went with him on one occasion, and it just didn't jell for me. The decor is great and it is not too noisy (which is one of my fathers most important criteria for a good restaurant). The food was fine, but not at all memorable (I have absolutely no recollection of the specifics of my meal a month later). When I have been asked about it since, I have generally summed up my experience by saying that the food was fine, but it seemed overly fussy. As a disclaimer, I had just returned from eating street food in Vietnam, so it is possible that any american restaurant would have seemed fussy that weekend, but it was one of those places where the menu reads way better than the food actually is.

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        Elyssa RE: tdaaa Jul 1, 2008 08:57 AM

        Hmmmm that's a little disappointing. I thought the menu looked interesting. Perhaps we should look elsewhere.

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          tdaaa RE: Elyssa Jul 1, 2008 12:06 PM

          As I said, my father loves it, and has been several times. It is truly beautiful inside. The noise level is not excessive. There certainly wasn't anything terrible, it just didn't impress me. Their biggest problem may be that the menu sounds so good ("food poetry" says the Globe) that the execution could never attain such heights...

          I would certainly give it another try - might order differently next time. On the other hand, there are a lot of restaurants that I would like to try, and so little time.

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            hugesunglasses RE: tdaaa Oct 11, 2008 09:13 AM

            how would you order differently if you don't remember what you ordered?

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        dreaminfood RE: Elyssa Jul 1, 2008 01:20 PM

        I had dinner there a few weeks ago; have also been for drinks. The food and service are very good but I thought the noise level was excessive - i.e., it's hard to have a conversation without almost shouting. The decor is fabulous though.

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          Cork RE: dreaminfood Jul 1, 2008 03:38 PM

          Stunning decor - to sit in the Banyan-tree inspired room is almost worth it by itself.

          For the mains, stick with one of the fish dishes - there were two white fish on the menu at my last visit - DC and I each had one and both were excellent - . For starters, try the veal cheek salad - original and delicious

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          chowfdf RE: Elyssa Jul 4, 2008 11:13 AM

          haven't tried the food yet, but really like the cocktail list. i love the japanese sidecar and the 540 is really good too.

          1. MC Slim JB RE: Elyssa Oct 12, 2008 10:26 AM

            I like the food, but consistency is a problem. After a couple of good to excellent early experiences, I had a really bad meal there on a busy Saturday night: nothing arrived at our table hot. More recently, I had a terrific meal on a quieter weeknight. One more reason to avoid South End restaurants on weekends.

            1. Kat RE: Elyssa Oct 12, 2008 01:51 PM

              I ate here last Fri nite for my birthday. As others have said, the decor is fantastic and the food was good, but not terribly memorable (on second thought, that may be due to the three cocktails I had prior to dinner). I had the veal starter, which was veal done two ways. It included a veal stuffed pastry puff, which was dry and not so good. (OK, without the cocktails I never would have ordered anything with a pastry puff!). I had sirloin for the main and the beef was perfectly cooked and juicy. Service was attentive and the place was packed. I would go back.

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                SunGlow RE: Elyssa Oct 12, 2008 05:42 PM

                This was one of those places that I wanted to like, but my experience was only so-so. We had brunch and we really enjoyed the food. My husbands steak and eggs were yummy and my ricotta stuffed french toast was scrumptious. But the service was abysmal. Our water glasses remained unfilled the entire time. My friends scrambled eggs were extremely runny, a problem that could have been easily remedied. But no one ever came to check on us and the eggs had to be thrown away. My friend had to leave and so we had to go looking for our waitress to ask for our check. We were snottily told "when I get to it". Twenty minutes later we had to go search the place for her again. When we finally got the bill, it had someone's completed comment card, including phone and e-mail address. I guard that info tightly, and I like to think that most restaurants will also be careful with my personal data.

                I liked the food enough that I may give it another try, but I hope the service is better - they are shooting themselves in the foot here.

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