It was awesome.
The back story is here. Basically, we had an inordinately dissatisfying experience on what was supposed to have been a special occasion, and when the folks at Marchand’s got wind of it, they asked if we would consider giving them another shot.
We went back last Thursday, and enjoyed a truly exceptional evening. The service was superlative (thanks Dean!), the food was delicious (I had the frog legs and the rabbit, Becky had the prawns and the filet) and since our previous visit had been our Valentine’s Day dinner, they made us a special Valentine-themed dessert sampler.
Obviously the crew at Marchand’s went out of their way for us. I don’t expect special treatment when we go back. But we will be back; I think that was the whole point, and I appreciate their commitment to customer satisfaction.
PLUS, we found out that Chef Mark Heimann is now experimenting with a locally sourced farm-to-table menu, which we wholeheartedly support.
PLUS PLUS, our server Dean has a great, funky collectibles arcade in the Grand Central district of St. Pete called Central Oddities; you should stop by.