We've been to Cypress on several occasions but not in the past couple of years. Enticed by the $39 3 course special they were running throughout the months of December and January we decided to go try it again last night.
To say the dinner was a disappointment would be a huge understatement. I ordered from the three course special menu and my wife ordered off the regular menu. The biggest problem was inconsistency. Some of the dishes such as the beet and radish salad and the "lamb bacon" amuse bouche were excellent. Meanwhile, the crab cake appetizer and carpet bagger steak and fried oysters were adequate, although for a $10+ crab cake I expect a lot more lump crab meat and a lot less filler. The crispy wasabi tuna on the other hand was terrible with the tuna extremely overcooked.
On the positive side the service was attentive and offered informed and helpful wine suggestions. I really do like the big-city feel of the decor and the free parking is a huge plus. However, with mediocre and uninspired cuisine, a $150+ price tag for a dinner for 2, and with so many superior options within a block of this restaurant, this will probably be our last trip to Cypress.
My wife and I had dinner at McCrady's for the first time in several years last night - we'd been meaning to get back for a while, but with so many options in town it takes a while I guess. I've read numerous reviews about the food here so I won't go into detail but suffice it to say that whatever great things you've heard about it, actual product surpasses even those lofty expectations.
I would like to comment on the service, an aspect of this particular restaurant that tends to get overshadowed. This was hands down, the most pleasant, attentive, knowledgeable, and courteous staff that I've ever had the pleasure of dining with. You could tell that these people cared about what they were doing and were 100% committed to providing an experience on the same level of excellence as the food they were serving. A particular example that highlights the type of "little things" that were all executed to create a flawless evening occurred when we had just simultaneously put our forks down on our plates after tearing our way through an excellent first course. I caught out of the corner of my eye a waiter walking between the tables on the complete opposite side of the room. This individual hadn't served us to this point, probably was on his way back into the kitchen, and had a number of other things to attend to, but he stopped walking, turned around and rushed to our table to take our plates before continuing on. It wasn't a big thing, I'm sure our waiter would have been by in a few minutes to do the same, but you could just tell how these guys were trained to provide a level of service that I haven't seen anywhere else in the city.
This trip to McCrady's was a memorable one, not just because of the food, but because of the overall experience. It's so obvious that these guys just "get it", and this time we won't wait so long before going back again.
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