Stephanie's - why romantic comedy plot twists only looks good in the movies?

Eating out can be a bit of a hit or miss. Before picking a restaurant for Friday’s date I asked my coworkers where they usually dine and wine. Stephanie’s at Newbury Street was one of their suggestions. I was very keen to go there as on my way back from work the outdoor deck was always busy during sunny days and the food looked delicious. Bear in mind that this review has been written from the perspective of a girl who wanted to have a great, stress free date. You already suspect that this did not happen, right? 

I will start from the beginning. I appeared at the restaurant in a yellow skirt and white-cropped top. The table had not been reserved so I expected around a 20 to 30 minutes wait. I was pleasantly surprised and very lucky to get one outside in less than 10 seconds. The atmosphere is going in the direction of an elegant garden party feeling and sitting outside was a correct choice.
Before writing this review I had a look at Yelp and Tripadvisor reviews and I was shocked to find out that some people had an issue with a bad attitude from a hostess. I wonder why they would even decide to sit down if from the door they felt uncomfortable but that is a subject for another post. I know that I would just leave as I work too hard for my salary to spend it somewhere I do not enjoy. A few years back that would have been a different story. Anyway, the hostess was very nice and professional with a big smile and pleasant tone of voice. We were not rushed nor intimidated.
Glazed salmon with leaf lettuce, napa cabbage, rice noodles, scallions, mango, avocado, carrots, mandarin oranges, edamame and spiced pecans with ginger vinaigrette.

And that’s when the romantic comedy plot twist starts. The waiter was from Ireland and was not only well mannered but also had a good sense of humor. We were left for a minute to pick drinks. I have to say that I would prefer to have a little bit longer but in terms of drinks, I can be very indecisive. If you want to go out with me, bear that in mind. It takes ages, occasionally, for me to pick a drink.

 This time I was in between white and red sangria. I have had red before but I was really tempted to try a white one. Boy, I made the right call to be adventurous and go with a white one. The thing about Stephanie’s is that their internal design is really cute as they have picture-perfect patio table sets that compliment this and when you spill something... It will go straight through the table. 
White Sangria.

 I bet you already know what happened next. Five minutes later the waiter arrived, some “romantic movie” magic happened and the waiter dropped the glass. A decent sized glass of white sangria landed on my yellow skirt and white top as it went straight through the elegant patio table. Imagine now how red sangria would have looked like. 

 Something like this could happen to Ted from “How I met your mother” and we would all laugh and think that she looked cute. Horror of my dreams had happened and it’s not the sangria I am talking about. Everyone in the restaurant took a big breath and waited for the development of the situation. The waiter was very apologetic and offered me replacement sangria free of charge, which I accepted as I really wanted people to stop steering at me. At this point even Alien by Thierry Mugler could not cover the intense smell of wine.

Marinated sliced tenderloin of beef served over field greens and romaine lettuce, tossed with candied walnuts, crumbled gorgonzola, baby tomatoes, roasted beets, crispy fried shoestring potatoes and red wine vinaigrette.
Moving on, without making unnecessary drama, order was placed. The sun was gorgeous and the wind was not strong so it was a perfect opportunity for people watching while waiting for Asian Yellowfin Tuna Salad and Grilled Tenderloin Salad.

Both salads were delicious. Meat in Grilled Tenderloin Salad was really juicy and soft. I was surprised how much I enjoyed beef. Salad was very fresh and flavours were well balanced. I really liked that they used walnuts and crumbled gorgonzola as it gave the dish very impressive appearance and complimented the meat quite well.
Portions were not on the bigger side but for a petite me it was more than enough. I think that my company was still a little bit hungry. On this occasion tuna was delicious yet a little bit too cold for my liking when it arrived. Description mentions mandarin oranges and spiced pecans but it was not overwhelming. 

Sadly I did not decided to try a dessert as I wanted to go, hoping that this will help my skirt to dry quicker. It was lovely and if you have time in your schedule go for it, if not do not worry.

Where would you take your date?  

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