Big City Tavern, Boca Center
- themaddiner Jul 21, 2008 10:36 AM
arrived at this casual restaurant on a pleasant evening to find my dinner guests already seated. the atmosphere is slightly romantic with both indoor and outdoor candle lit tables available. the dark, attractive pub interior has been slightly updated recently as it is under new ownership/management. each table has a small printed menu with the drink specials and evening dinner specials. the service was extremely slow to begin with. i asked which beers were available on tap to which our server replied 'we have many but i'm not sure which are available now'. after our server returned with a bit of knowledge i ordered a sierra nevada . . . server returned to say they were out . . . next i ordered a harp . . . server returned to say they were out . . . i asked which beers were available . . . i ordered a ylang ylang . . . which they did have. we waited far too long to receive our drinks and the server forgot the lemon requested for a vodka soda. upon ordering the dinner special as listed on the card on the table we were told that it was not available and that we had the wrong specials card on our table. we asked what the correct specials were and were told that there were no specials at all available. noticing the same special cards on each table i wondered what poor management would leave the same cards on all tables if there were no special available? everyone ordered off the regular menu and the food was surprisingly well prepared aside from the bland pizza. the spring rolls were tasty with a fresh asian salad on the side, the seared tuna appetizer was massive and fresh. the entrees of kobe sliders, salmon with lobster mashed potatoes, crab cake and mahi mahi were all very nice. the apple tart was freshly prepared and delicious although i should not have ordered dessert at all, no reason to prolong my stay here. did i mention that the table was not cleared properly, glasses and bits of food just pushed towards the center of the table. on my way out i checked out one of the special cards on a nearby table to find that it was completely different than what was on our table. i asked another server if the special items were correct and if they were all available this evening . . . of course they were. needless to say i will not return. it's amazing that i've documented my bad experiences at opus 5, absinthe and now big city . . . all in boca center. i don't care for mortons, cucina d'angelo, uncle tais or sushi ray making the center useless to me aside from total wine.
• all menu items well prepared + presented
• attractive interior space + outdoor seating
• table not cleared / cleaned properly
• out of beers offered
• server incorrectly stating that 'no specials' were available