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Posted by Sharon on 06/23/2008
We sat downstairs on our recent visit and had the horror of looking at the 'decorative' pieces of fabric on the walls that had been tied in fancy knots that were clotted w/ dust. Equally dirty were the windows and the exposed vents near the windows. But on to the food. I started w/ a Cobb Salad that had "pancetta, avacado, blue cheese and pickled egg." What I got was 2 wedges of lettuce and on the side of the plate a couple of slices of egg, perhaps a teaspoon of blue cheese, some pureed avacodo that was smeared (artisically?) on the plate and about 1/2 t. of hard pancetta. Deconstructed? Perhaps, but come on.... For my entree I had beef cooked 2 ways. A few slices of filet mignon - average and a tiny crepe w/ some ground beef in it on top of steamed spinach. My husband's dinner fared no better although he did ask our waiter to pair his courses w/ some wines which were all delicious. That was the only good thing about Vermillion. It needs a huge upgrade downstairs to make it presentable and clean and the chef needs to understand the value of what he is serving. Charging outragous prices for less than average food is not my idea of a great restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/14/2007
Visited for the first time on a Friday night at 8pm. The staff is all very friendly and attentive. The food was excellent, including dessert. What is best about Vermillions is the atmosphere: very quaint and intimate. It can be casual or formal, so don't think twice about what you are wearing. It does have a bar with smoking, but they ventillate the place so well you don't even notice the smoke until you walk to the restrooms. Otherwise, I would have thought the place was smoke free. Great find in Old Town.