That is the one great thing about the work Christmas Party - free food - and it was someplace I have never been before - so I got to review it! There was no drunken debauchery at this party like previous companies I've worked for (those were the days!) but a good time was had by all.
John Phillips, a locally-owned restaurant in Crestview Hills Mall in NKY. I guess I don't know for sure it's locally-owned but it's not a chain - w00t!
Jeff Ruby's Waterfront. I didn't enjoy my experience there EXCEPT for the seafood app - it was amazing. This was just fine.
I feel guilty saying this because it was free and it was my boss' choice for a restaurant - but me no likey. The fish was overcooked, the sauce didn't have much real flavor but did help. The risotto just wasn't very good - it was okay - like most everything else. It tasted more like the cheesy rice that Rice-a-Roni makes than something to come from this quality of a restaurant. The asparagus - yeah - even that wasn't so good. the ends were really tough and sinewy (I know - fancy word for me to use). They didn't break off the ends like you should with asparagus. Based on the other seafood prices on their menu - I'm guessing this was in the $25 range - and it just wasn't that good. I kinda felt bad for Larry - he ordered the same thing but couldn't have the sauce so his fish was all alone.
Also - gotta mention service for John Phillips. The wait staff did a great job - you could tell they wanted to be great servers. They were very attentive and yet not at the same time. They came around a lot and checked on everybody - but then didn't follow up when asked. (We asked about eggs in something, they never came back - it happened to others as well.) Also - we didn't experience this but the other end of the table did - they seemed to be out of a lot of things. They were out of something for dinner - then at dessert they bragged up this one pie so a ton of people ordered it. Then the waiter returned to say "oops - we're out of that". This was a Tuesday night - at like 8pm - and they're out of stuff?
Why Should You Go? Meh - I likely won't be back. I didn't enjoy my meal and it's pricey. But I have to say - if you're in the area - I bet it's good for lunch. The prices are much more reasonable ($6-$12) and it is a nice atmosphere. So for a somewhat fancy lunch - it would be a good stop.I would compare John Phillips to Jags. If you love Jags - you'd likely love this. To me, it's a little boring.
(Hoping my boss skips this blog entry...I don't think he reads my blog anymore anyway. Don't fire me because I didn't like it. He's already said we have very different tastes - haha.)