Anniversary Dinner - Lola, Fearings?
Following the recommendations of several chowhounders, we went to Bijoux for our anniversary last year. We did the tasting menu and that meal was divine. So where should we go this year? We don't drink, so the wine menu isn't important to us. We just want good food.
Wanted to give a report on our dinner at Lola. The food was good, but both DH and I thought the food at Bijoux was better. The skate was so oversalted that I left about 1/3 of it on the plate. The pea soup was divine though. Our waitress was great, attentive but not overbearing. As for atmosphere, we prefer Bijoux as the tables were farther apart. We had a window seat but the other tables were so close to us that we could hear their conversations. The man behind me was giving this wife a discourse on the Iranian situation. The couple at the another table spoke so loudly that I think every other table in that section could hear them. I'm glad we tried Lola but I think we'll try another place for our next celebration.
To preface, I like both Lola and Fearings. But in my opinion, if you are celebrating an anniversary Lola is the hands-down winner (full disclosure, we recently celebrated our anniversary there).
Both Fearings and Lola have wonderful, interesting food. But the "scene" at Fearings is a bit hectic. Plus, I find the service at Fearings to be intrusive. Not bad, mind you, just intrusive. Finally, I think that Fearing's is quite loud. Understand that I am not someone that complains about a restaurant's ambient noise. But to me, Fearing's is noticeably loud.
Whereas the service at Lola's is attentive without being overbearing. Additionally, I think the flow of the courses is better at Lola and, again, more conducive to celebrating an anniversary.
That being said, Fearings is more of a "scene." In other words, I get the impression a lot of people are there to see and be seen. Not saying that is bad, and it certainly doesn't take away from the quality of the food. Just something I feel when dining there.
So if you are looking for a low-key, wonderful dinner with unobtrusive service in a quaint, romantice setting: go Lola's. If you want more of an upbeat, but also wonderful dinner, and don't mind near constant attention by the waitstaff: Fearing's is a good choice.
Wherever you end up, congrats.