I'm sorry, I wanted to post a good review because I've been to Kana Girls 3 times and no problem,....however, the last time i was there (last week), i ordered the pork cutlet and for some reason the pork smelled terrible and wasnt cooked at all!
I hadn't been to Dong Khanh in years, a group of us used to have lunch once or twice a week-consistently- For many of us,The main draw of the restaurant-besides the spicy chicken and vietnamese eggroll special #22--being the wonderful waitress Stacy- no matter how busy the restaurant, she always made us feel welcomed as though we were having lunch in her own home. Although, we were in fact in a rush to have lunch,and return to work on time,along with the rest of downtown Boise- Stacy was more than accommodating with a more than friendly disposition-even when it came time to pay- and everyone would need to pay separately-she never batted an eye. I can not stress enough how much of a drastic change this restaurant has made in the time since her departure- the waitstaff is RUDE,loud,unaccommodating,and most of the time they honestly seem lost,as though they have no clue of what a lunch hour truly means. I myself served tables while attending college- after many years of being a server, I find myself critiquing most servers in any restaurant- while my girlfriends and I waited for any kind of service,at all I could not help but notice one server in particular, who seemed to bully the other servers on floor-taking any table than consisted of more than 2 people-noticeably stepping all over the other workers on shift- I felt so bad for the pregnant girl who was told to return to the register-after having the bully shout at her "that's my table"- that I slipped the poor girl a $10.00 bill when the other horrible greedy girl- wasn't around. needless to say- yes the new location is nicer, the food the same, but the service absolutely more than sucks! I would suggest if you have a craving for Donkey kong-get take-out-however I wouldn't put a single dime into the owner's hands-knowing they would later use it to pay that horrible girl's wages!! I was left with the same query as all of Dong kong's past long time regulars---WHERES STACY???
Yes, I do agree that the serving sizes at Modern may be small, but I'm not sure that they are 'out of proportion' price wise. Maybe. You could avoid the "eating somewhere after" pitfall by not going there overly hungry, or it could be that most Americans are just used to "chowing" and aren't pleased with smaller dishes. So, you are not 'risking' anything by going back, you know that it's good. You just have to decided if you can afford to or not.
Secondly, dinner is the ONLY time I've been to dish. Need to revisit a few more times to give it as 'rosy' a review as you have.
Thanks for the response, I have in fact eaten at The Modern once as they serve gnocchi and it is one of my favorite foods. I thought the atmosphere and flavors were good but I was so disappointed in the price to portion ratio. I had to go eat somewhere else after because I was still starving and out $60 bucks! Loved the drinks and atmoshphere though, also had a really nice server. We haven't been back yet, maybe things have changed but I don't know if I want to risk it again. Have you tried The Dish for dinner yet? We went early before the rush- around 545 and it was a great experience definitely great for real diners.
I have eaten at 'The Dish' three times now and have ordered different items at each visit, although I did repeat 'fries' with some entrees. On that topic, for me, fries are not to be thin or the 'shoestring' style, and if they are, they cannot be called 'frites,' as this is the realm of the Belgians (and Dutch...neighbors), and the French. Neither the russets or the sweet potato fries are worth getting.
The smoked duck 'po boy' is outstanding, try it!
Beware the lamb burger if you are used to something like they serve at 'RedFeather,' as 'The Dish's' version is quite 'lamby,' not a bad thing if you're a fan, just saying.
On a whole, like other Boise eateries, chefs need to stick closer to the 'seasonal' aspect of their menus as too many 'heavier' dishes still show up on summer menus around here.
To Maria: If you haven't done so, try 'Modern Hotel' for f-o-o-d, not just cocktails (like so many do), and you will be pleasantly surprised. They are doing the BEST job of anyone in Boise with both 'seasonal' and 'local' (as possible) on their menu. Very good!
Wow, I don't really know what to think of this "review". It really surprises me that the focus is on the decor so much and yet doesn't touch on the service at all. Atmosphere certainly does play a part in experience overall but food trumps that so it seems strange that there is so much emphasis here. I love dining out but I am not a big fan of the food scene in Boise. Tried the dish once so far and can't wait to go back, definitely a welcome surprise in the meager dining options in Boise. Sorry but I have to disagree with the opinions in this article.
I wrote a letter to BW about this review, but it never got printed; guess I'll try commenting here. From the sophomore-level jokes about the german language to the obvious ignorance about the food (does she really think Schnitzel is "deep fried"? Or is she clumsily attempting to make a commentary about the quality--no way to tell), this review says nothing about the restaurant and lots about Boise Weekly. Calling the location a 'strip mall' is like calling a Ferrari a 'beater' because it has a paint chip. The restaurant is in a space at the end of a new office-retail-residential development in Eagle that bears no resemblance to a 'strip mall' whatsoever, other than being visible from old State Street. No, I have no connection to the restaurant, and hadn't eaten there (until I read this review!) but now I have, and it was excellent. Still working out some growing pains with supplies and service, normal for any new restaurant, but the food was out of this world---truly authentic and homemade (according to my table-mate, who is from near Frankfurt). In short, it bears NO RESEMBLANCE to Boise 'pub fare'.
UPDATE: Went back and had a meatball sandwich last week and it was very good. I will try the spaghetti again in the near future.
Just downed a meal for two; actually it would have served four. The meat balls are like Mama Rosalie made back when. The sauce with meat was thick but could use a little oomph (Italian for spicy). I prefer angle hair but the home made noodles were fresh. Meal included salad and cheese bread and parmasan. Hope they open more locations and succeed. Bueno fortuna.
I live in Germany, and "French" fries (which go by some variation of "pommes frites" in Europe) are served with almost everything.
French Fries ain't French, either. Google "currywurst" and see what's usually served on the side, even in Germany.
sade, french fries are not GERMAN!
I was excited to go to this place when I first read that it was open. The sauce is unremarkable, the pasta, although fresh, was thick, grainy, and not very good. (In all fairness, I prefer Angel Hair pasta over Spaghetti). Although I ordered meatballs and sausage, I cannot comment on them as they neglected to put them in my bag and I went home without them. The owners need to focus their employees on getting the orders right! Overall...disappointing!
'mediocre pub food' seems to be the 'going thing' now!
This is a refreshing article to read. Having lived in Germany for several years in the Mosel region, home to some of the worlds greatest rieslings, I appreciate what the Idaho wineries are trying to do. I do agree that most appreciate a less sweet wine, for those that want the uber sweet they can enjoy a sip of a nice desert wine, but keep the rieslings semi-dry. I have yet to get out to the local vineyards to try the local wines (although it hasn't stopped me from drinking bottles) but I'd like to get out there soon. This article may just be that spark I needed to get out there! Thanks BW for having such a great place for an article like this and Tara for writing such a great piece.
Yea but American's will pay handsomely for passable when it's marketed correctly.
This place is garbage, the food is old and nasty.
I guess I haven't been so rudely treated as a lot of you who have posted here. Granted I haven't been there to experience a whole 'meal service,' but only for a beer and on one occasion an 'app.'
Overall, I'd agree that most of the beers are 'mediocre,' but you can find some 'stars' in the lineup too.
I don't quite get the reason why it continues to be so 'packed' though, and as stated above (long waits) to get a table, as the fact remains..it is just a brewpub (why the crazy infatuation)
This has to be the most pretentious waste of space in the entire state of Idaho. My friend and I tried hard to enjoy the "ambience", but the staff made sure this wasn't going to happen. The bartender, Kyle, was a prick. A real prick. He had a black eye, which I'm sure was given to him for being said prick. The beer was a little better than mediocre, and the food was edible, but overpriced. 14 dollars for a charcuterie which isn't even true to form? It was an unfit mishmash of BS. With great restaurants like Bardenay right there, I don't understand how these thieves get away with it. Due to the rude staff and overpriced, mediocre food, I will never be back, nor will I ever recommend it. In fact, I will steer everyone in the other direction as vehemently as possible.
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