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Pano’s and Paul’s: Atlanta

posted on January 2, 2006 at 5:48 pm
We ended up here for a four course dinner on New Year’s. I had not been for a long time and was interested to see how it was holding up. Sadly the answer is not very well. I won’t go into what every member of my table ate but will tell you my personal experience. We were promptly seated. I had brought a bottle of champagne and asked the waiter to chill it. I asked what he liked best on the menu and he said he had not had anything. In my restaurant experience, waiters at high-level places taste everything before stepping out on the floor. I ordered the escargot for my appetizer and the veal filet mignon and Ossobucco raviolis with Alba truffles for my entree. I asked for it to be medium rare and he said I was mistaken and the filet mignon was actually in the raviolis. I protested that is seemed explicitly written and he told me again that I was mistaken. I let it go and asked for the Sommelier. He told me he was one and could help me. I asked him for a recommendation and he pointed one of the most expensive wines on the menu. I asked him for another suggestion and said he only really knew cabernets. I was annoyed. He finally brought over the REAL sommelier who knew his stuff. They still forgot to pour our champagne until well into the amuse when I asked them too.
The amuse was a lobster bisque with lobster meat. It was tasted good but it was not exciting. My escargot came and they were average. The flavor was somehow off. It almost tasted like it had way too much fennel. My veal came and surprise it was a filet mignon and raviolis. My waiter kind of hurriedly said you were right but who could understand a word he said? He had to be the most anxious and scatter-brained waiter in the whole joint. The bus boys were much more helpful The filet was over seasoned and the Ossobucco raviolis were average. I got bored very easily. The truffles were way past their prime and had no aroma at all.
My dessert (a chocolate lava cake) came and I couldn’t get past the first bite. It was chalky. I think they left it in the microwave too long or it was old. An underwhelming experience. The waiter rushed back to our table to tell us he had messed up the bill and had to change it. They should be ashamed of charging $80 for such bad food and service.

RESTAURANT INFORMATION:

Address: 1232 W. Paces Ferry Rd.
Phone: (404) 261-3662
Cuisine: Continental
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