Our first experience at Oakleys Bistro was quite eventful. We sat down to enjoy our dinner in the very busy restaurant, and in the middle of our dinner we were met with some very interesting incidents. Appartently, the woman on the other side of the half-wall we were sitting next to decided to throw an absolute fit and destroy any dignity she had (I'm assuming this is the lady who commented last on the restaurant). I could continue on about her, but this is not an attack on her. All I have to say is we, as well, had the chicken and the same server. We were more than happy. Despite being busy and dealing with a man who fainted (as well as helping the medics into the restaurant) they were still extremely attentive and helpful. If our server was having trouble making it over (do to the events), another was there immediately to make sure we had everything we wanted. As an employee in the service industry I would have to applaud the manager for dealing with this woman, since I heard her initial uncompelling argument of disgust, which just involved telling the poor manager to "just go ahead and walk over there, take $50 off the bill, and then I'll pay it. They did it for me at Bravo." Despite all this happening our waiter kept his composure and the fun-spirited conversation going. For Oakleys Bistro, as a whole, this was an unbelievable demonstration of "rolling with the punches" and persevering.
As far as the food goes, there is very little that can compete with this menu in Indianapolis. This isn't a steak house. This is an extraordinary display of culinary intelligence. I can only imagine how much time goes into planning a menu with such conceptually styled meals on it, and not to mention training your employees in such depth over them. On top of knowing the menu, our server managed to describe, in quite the elegant detail, the daily specials without any written notes. Memorizing 5+ specials and even the details of how certain components were created is no easy task. This coupled with a great pairing of wine, in which we discussed more than just a couple wines, left everyone at my table more than pleased. I have to repeat that Oakleys was absolutely amazing. Even with all that was going on they kept the atmosphere light and fun, and when you are out to eat with friends that is a major factor in enjoying a meal. I will always recommend Oakleys Bistro to anyone looking for great food, drinks, and an engaging staff, who create a wonderful atmosphere.
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