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The Lark-Farmington Hills, MI

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Rheta May 26, 2011 05:39 PM

I am looking for opinions on The Lark in Farm. Hills. I've read rave/mixed reviews. Since I respect, value and rely on your opinions, please tell me your experiences at this restaurant. Thanks!

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    boagman RE: Rheta May 26, 2011 05:52 PM

    I'm a fan. I've been there twice now, I think, and both times have been great. It's certainly not on the inexpensive side, nor do they claim to be...but the kitchen really does know what they're doing. I'll be the first to say that service can be a bit on the stiff/stuffy side on occasion (really, pal...we get that you're French, but we're the ones paying the bill, yes?), but I've never had any serious reason to complain at all.

    In fact, the only real problem I've ever encountered there was an appetizer that they ran out of, and replaced with something far inferior, and I wasn't able to get more of it. Everything else has been splendid.

    1. rainsux RE: Rheta May 27, 2011 12:14 AM

      No complaints. My experiences have ranged from very good to excellent.

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        Fibber McGee RE: Rheta May 27, 2011 04:32 AM

        West Bloomfield, actually. Sorry, I don't mean to be a stickler, but that is my hometown. Go Lakers. LOL.
        I've really enjoyed it. The house specialty rack of lamb is outstanding. I agree with boagman about the service, but it's complete attention. You're not going to need to track anyone down.

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          boagman RE: Fibber McGee May 27, 2011 11:50 AM

          Heh. Oddly, the day we had the stuffy French guy? He was actually somewhat absent quite a bit of the time, but it didn't make our night bad or anything.

          That's hardly the rule, though...it's actually pretty much the exception that proves the rule that they tend to have outstanding service, yes.

          One of my very favorite things about The Lark is their (and I'm totally going to dumb this down, here) "free refill" policy on just about any food item. There are a couple of exceptions listed directly on the menu, but other than those things, you're perfectly entitled to ask for more of anything you have had, basically at any time. The menu does say (this is a direct quote):

          "Portion sizes are selected as generous for most guests. If you wish more of any course, except Rack of Lamb and Soft-Shell Crab, it will be provided at no extra charge if timely and practical."

          I've never been refused (I've never ordered either of those mains), and they've had some serious home run dishes that I was ecstatic to be able to receive more of at no extra charge. This makes it that much easier, in my mind, to justify the higher prices I pay here...and I pay it gladly.

          It really is a very, very pleasant place, with great, great food. And this is coming from someone who doesn't know Jim, Mary, Adrian, or John from Adam. I've never met any of them, though I'm told they stroll in the dining room quite often and chat up the guests. I've never had the pleasure, though I feel extremely welcomed anyway.

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            rainsux RE: boagman May 27, 2011 02:08 PM

            > One of my very favorite things about The Lark is their (and I'm totally going to dumb this
            > down, here) "free refill" policy on just about any food item

            I feel like such a glutton when I ask for more of a good thing - but I do ask. <g>

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              boagman RE: rainsux May 27, 2011 05:02 PM

              "I feel like such a glutton when I ask for more of a good thing - but I do ask. <g>"

              You know, I'm right there with you! It certainly doesn't hurt that the price is high-end, though...while I might feel like a glutton, I also feel like the glutton paying quite the high-end cost for his punishment. ;)

        2. JanPrimus RE: Rheta May 27, 2011 03:15 PM

          I thought it was in Garden City?

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