Wednesday evening, we decide to have dinner out. Arooji's Wine Room had always been on the list, so, here we are. Not too crowded-great! Being a wine room, we were anxious to try a few wines by the glass during dinner. The wine list is impressive, especially Italian. Wines by the glass at a wine room, not too extensive, but very good. We started with a light entrée to split as an appetizer, the Insalata di Mare. This was very good, but ruined by the octopus. If the kitchen is unable to properly cook an octopus, PLEASE DO NOT SERVE IT! Very rubbery! At this point, we were offered bread, only after having a problem with the seafood salad.
I would like to point out that our server was very friendly, & trying her best to make our dinner experience a success.
Next up, our mains. My wife selected the baby lamb chops, which were excellent. I chose the Sea Bass, which they were out of. Next choice, the fillet, which was cooked perfectly. Meanwhile, our second selection of wine by the glass was taking a little time. My first selection-they were out of. The asparagus side for my entrée was very stringy & unedible. This brings me back to the kitchen, & the attention to what is prepared, how it is kept, & how/why it gets to the table.
During all this, our server had to continually offer apologies. We heard this at other tables as well.
For desert, we chose the flourless chocolate cake, which was good. The espresso machine was broken, so no luck there. My first choice for an after dinner drink- "we're out of that".
Overall, I feel the dinner was a little pricey for the food that was delivered. The shame here was the excellent wine list. For Italian in Charlotte, especially Tuscan, there art much better places.
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