I was looking forward to visit the Brooklyn museum and to have lunch at Saul's restaurant. I made a reservation on open table expecting a busy lunch crowd.
The place was almost empty. Only about 3-4 tables were occupied at 1:45 pm when I arrived. Same during the 2 hours I spent there. This was a big disappointment. There was no atmosphere to speak of. I understand the restaurant has no control over how many people show up for lunch, but something was missing, There was no background music, no attempt to create an atmosphere. This would be especially important when the place is empty like this time, there is no natural crowd noise. I felt like sitting in an empty cafeteria.
As soon as I was seated I ordered a glass of Rose, the only Rose wine on the menu sold by glass. It was sold out. I ordered a glass of Sancerre, also sold out. There are only 7 white wines on the menu. Not a very good first impression. If Rose is so popular, as I was told by the waitress, why do you have only one brand? How about carrying more of the only brand you have on the menu? I would expect better planning from a high end restaurant like Saul's.
This being a restaurant week (month) they had a special prix fixe menu but I ordered a la cart. Charred Spanish octopus as appetizer and the Maine diver scallop as a main dish. The roasted cauliflower accompanying the octopus was too vinegary. The scallop was tasty, but the coconut couscous, grapefruit, Campari was blend. The portions were adequate, both the appetizer and the main dish.
Overall experience was disappointing. Not sure what the hype is about, but I am not impressed, I expected more.
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