lattitudes - west springfield, ma
had dinner there last saturday night. there were 10 of us so we had one of two private rooms.
service was really slow -- this is a new restaurant so i do think they need time to work out those kinks.
appetizer highlights included:
Flash-Fried Rock Shrimp "Popcorn and Miniature vegetables, Thai basil garlic oil, Peruvian purple potato confetti
We did not fare so well with dinners, with the exception of the people who ordered Grilled Beef Tenderloin. They were very happy.
I had smoked pork belly, pear and sweet potato hash, applejack brown sauce, crisp squash blossoms. It was more like pork loin, of which I am not a huge fan. The sweet potato has was very tasty.
My husband had Farm Fresh Herb Roasted Baby Chicken. It's his own fault for ordering chicken, which he can have anywhere. It wasn't bad, just ordinary.
Three friends had the Seafood "hot pot", which sounded like a dream. Lobster, shrimp, scallops, mussels, baby clams, oven-dried tomatoes, long grain black rice. One person really like it. The other said it was just ok. She thought it was a very small portion [you can order 1/2 portions -- hers was a whole].
i will wait a bit and try it again. i think there is a whole lot of potential here. timing is everything.
Had lunch there Friday. The atmosphere was quite nice. There are tables in the bar area and then booths and slightly more formal tables in the room behind the bar. Warm multi-grain bread with, was it dried cranberries? Spread was a little odd, it may have been clarified butter, or butter & olive oil, I would have preferred just a good unsalted butter. We all had salads, they forgot to put the dressing on my scallop salad, which might have been better as, after it promptly arrived upon notifying the waiter, it was a little overwhelming (mustardy). The scallops were well-seared, the greens fresh, the beets cooked well although, to nitpick a little, kind of a small dice. Portions are modest which isn't necessarily a bad thing, better small than huge...next time I'll order an appetizer, too.
Service was quick and courteous. The menu was a little different from what was up online. It definitely has prospects for business lunches, although perhaps not with very large parties. I'll be heading back.