It wasn’t very busy in the restaurant. They had one chef at the pasta station and he had a line of 4 people waiting – so it takes a while to get your food.
You select the veggies and meats that you want – they have a lot of choices – shrimp, chicken, sausage – artichokes, mushrooms, olives, etc… and they cook the mixture up while you wait.
Always so impressed by the tossing – no idea why. Once your veggies & meat are cooked through – then you choose your pasta – bowtie or penne – and then your sauce – marinara, alfredo, olive oil or pesto cream.
I went for the pesto cream, sausage, shrimp, mushrooms and artichokes topped with grated Parmesan. The pasta was pretty good – I guess I would love to see some more adventurous selections on the bar – but I liked what I chose. It’s hard to go wrong or for it to taste bad.
The bread basket was great as well – once we were seated – they brought the basket out and had fresh butter. They also refilled the bread/butter after we’d polished off about half of it. 🙂
If you haven’t been – the Orchids is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city. It’s completely art-deco and so amazing. I could just walk around all day and pick out little unique architectural features.
Why Should You Go? Well – I have mixed thoughts on Orchids. I will say – I have only experienced this pasta bar – I’m sure the full menu is different. This was okay. The pasta was fine but in that type of situation – I would expect that the chef would have some type of personality. Ours was fine – he did what he was supposed to but with no conversation or flair. It was fine but not sure how soon I’ll be back.