Good pizza, horrible wait staff and service!
Waitress was obviously in a poor mood both times I went there. No big deal. The sushi however is not sushi at all, it's some raw fish rolled in rice. Missing is the vital vinegar/salt/sugar combination called mirin that flavors the rice. This was a huge turn-off and makes the raw fish&rice taste flat. There are plenty of places in the area that do 2for1 and make GOOD sushi.
Make certain you check your bill before you pay at this downtown Durham restaurant. It used to be one of our favorites, but 2 of the last 3 visits they have overcharged us on menu items. We like their food, but do they think we cannot read?
Scratch Piedmont off Your List
I’ve gone to Piedmont a handful of times each year since it opened and loved it. The ingredients were of the highest quality, the preparations skillful and the result was a fantastic meal.
All of that is gone. I walked in last and noticed very few familiar faces on the staff, less in the kitchen. The menu has lost focus. It’s now a hodge-podge of “hot” ingredients (ancho chiles and quinoa) and techniques. As a result it’s difficult to put together a coherent meal with all the different flavors and approaches.
The portions have become miserly. The oh-so tired “squeeze bottle” presentation has shown up.
I was served a portion of pork loin that consisted mainly of fat and connective tissue. I would never have served it to a guest in my home.
I don’t really mind that they’ve dumbed down the wine list, but the wines in the various categories don’t make a lot of sense.
More important, they don’t taste very good; at least the 3 we sampled. How hard can it be to go down to Craig and Seth’s find some great $15-$20 bottles and double the price?
Piedmont also doesn’t take Amex anymore, so be prepared if you are on a business dinner.
It would have been better if they changed the name to signal a break with the past; I wouldn’t have had such high hopes dashed.
small pricey portions of ok tasting yogurt in a biodegradable cup.
For starters the food was okay, but the service left my party lacking. 20 minutes without a refill on water or a waiter checking on the table to see if anyone needed another beer or wine. We left feeling that the place would be short lived if the service would not improve.
The night was slow and there was no reason why the wait staff could not have handled the amount of tables being served. Our waiter had only four tables 2 2-tops, 1 3-top, 1 4-top.
I have had better service in busier places.
Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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