The atmosphere is wonderful, the food decadent, and the prices, just this side of extravagant. You choose your meal's components and the manner of cooking, and it's wonderful because you actually participate in your own meal. You receive a platter of the type of uncooked items you ordered (steak, shrimp, chicken, etc.) and you skewer these pieces and cook then in a pot of near-boiling liquid right on the table. You can choose what type of liquid to cook them in, i.e. one with white wine, etc. For the appetizers, you choose what you'd like (i.e. green apple chunks, chunks of various kinds of bread, vegetables, etc.) and then choose the type of cheese. This food is DIVINE. Expect to spend at least a couple of hours here. It's wonderful, and, as aforementioned, expensive, but a true delight, and an excellent date, anniversary, or any special occasion place.
PROS: You get to participate in your own meal, fun, great food
CONS: Expensive, can be booked solid. Consider reservations!
The food is decent, usually served warm and to your specifications. The menu has a poor selection, and the TV's are always on, and always blaring. The service is fine, the atmosphere is OK, and the restaurant itself is, eh, OK.
PROS: Decent salad bar.
CONS: Poor menu selection
Very authentic food, the prices are decent, and the servers are kind and quick. Our friend took us here several months back, and acted as translator for many things on the menu. If it had been just myself and my husband, I don't know how well we would have been able to communicate with the server, to be honest. Otherwise, the food was wonderful. They start you off with many little bowls of appetizers, and it just gets better from there. Nice food, nice service. I would go there again.
We've been going to this wonderful Mom-and-Pop restaurant for nearly 10 years, and the food just gets better every time. The menu is excellent, and their Tiger Tear and Tom Ka Gai soup are to die for. Excellent satay, quick service by people who remember your name and your preferences (no onions, light ice), and there is always enough left over to have for lunch the next day. I can't say enough about how wonderful and authentic this food is. It's just brilliant!
PROS: Incredibly good food, fair prices, great service
Fabulous menu selection! I recommend the seafood nachos (fresh shrimp and salmon, capers and dill in a lobster-cream sauce over tortilla chips)! My husband says they have great steaks, and the food is excellent, from the appetizers on down to the desserts. The service is excellent, the atmosphere is very pleasant, the food arrives quickly and perfectly cooked, and the price is about average for what you'd expect with this type of restaurant and food, around $6-$16 for most meals, with the steaks costing up to $24. (I'm looking at a menu right now.) They tend to be very busy on weekends, and parking is just plain madness. I recommend reservations if you're going on a weekend or holiday. Enjoy!
PROS: Good food, nice service, great atmosphere
CONS: A little pricey, parking chaos, very crowded on weekends and holidays
Keep in mind this is mainly a tapas bar, and the menu is made up of, essentially, appetizers. The wine list is decent, and the servers have always been fabulous. They offer to bring out a taste of wine if you are having a difficult time deciding, and are very knowledgeable about the menu itself. Don't like onions? They can tell you if what you want has them. Want a white wine that's sweet, but not 'too' sweet? She'll have a recommendation on that, too. Wonderful, wonderful service, and a great atmosphere. Plus, you can take your menu home with you! I love it!
PROS: Great wine list, great appetizers (tapas), nice atmosphere
CONS: Expensive, very crowded on weekends
The restaurant itself is lovely. There's just a hint of incense in the air, the walls in the dining area have been painted with a lovely motif, the table and seat decorations are great, and the music is nice and quiet, not this loud, thumping roar that you can barely hear yourself over. The food tastes very good, and the prices are around $10-$18 per meal. I know this sounds bad, but I can't put it anyway but the way it is. The service, if from a male server, is poor. We've been there 5 times, at least (myself and 2 female friends), and the male server always seems distracted and acts bored, though he does take care of our meal needs, and not in an incompetent manner. The service, from a female server, is grand. I know.. that sounds awful, but that's been our experience. The service is not poor to the point where we'll not go anymore, but we do know what to expect.
This restaurant, owned by the illustrious Sato, has incredible sushi, with superior-quality fish and experienced, professional, friendly chefs. We've been going to Inakaya for at least 7 years, and it has consistently been the best sushi we've had, though we've tried sushi in dozens of other cities and restaurants. Wonderful, wonderful food. Maru, Luis, Rio, Taki, and Now are the greatest chefs, and the servers are excellent.
CONS: Absolutely nothing.
I've been taking my cat and dog to these people for 8 years now, and we recently added a new dog to the family. Upon the recommendation of a friend, I took the new dog to a different vet, one who was closer and cheaper (Cheatham Animal Clinic), and you get what you pay for, or in CAW's case, you get much, much less than you pay for. Oh, how I regret straying from my beloved Shandon Wood. Never again, I tell you. Never Again. The veterinary staff at SWAC is compassionte, professional and kind, and they always, always approach my animals with a smile and a gentle, caring attitude. No bad attitudes, no distracted staff, vet techs who are kind and knowledgable, and veterinarians who take the time to tell you everything you need to know, and make sure all of your questions were answered. For example, when my little dog was neutered, I was so scared about him having anesthesia, and worried all day long. Dr. Chip Jackson was on staff at the time, and he called me when Taz came out of surgery, and actually said "I have my hand on him right now. He's fine. He's breathing fine, and he came through surgery wonderfull". I can't tell you how much that meant to me. Our new vet is Dr. Nori Snead-Warren, and she is just as caring, compassionate and professional. I would and do trust all of my animals to this place. I would give them 10 stars, were it possible. They do cost more than other places, but it is absolutely, positively, without-a-single-doubt-in-my-mind WORTH IT. The facility is clean, beautifully run, with great staff.
PROS: I can not say enough good things about this place.
CONS: Pricey, but worth it. You absolutely get what you pay for.
A friend highly recommended a vet at this practice (Dr. Battle), and to his credit, he has a history of being wonderfully compassionate, kind and professional to animals, per my friend. Upon our visit, he was pleasant, but didn't volunteer any information about my animal unless I outright asked. The vet tech, on the other hand, was completely uncompassionate, and I was horrified at the laissez-faire attitude this "person" took when approaching my animal. There was a student vet tech there, and when she and this student entered the room (before the vet came in 20 mins later), she just walked up to the dog (not a WORD to me or my husband, or my scared whitless new pet) and grabbed her, and started doing thing like taking a temp, getting an O&P swab, giving shots, and the ENTIRE TIME she was doing this, she was too busy telling the student how to do things, and never once - NEVER ONCE - said anything calming to my poor pooch, or patted her, or acted compassionate in any way, whatsoever. She would just tap a spot on my dog's back, or haunch, and turn to the student and say "I'm giving the XXXX shot here, and the XXXX one here". Hello? That's my dog you're tapping and ignoring all at the same time! It was my first experience with Cheatham, and I was just disgusted. I grabbed the dog away from her and told her to get someone else to come do all that, and when she left, I told the student to never approach a scared animal without a calm word, just like a person, and to do anything less is incompetence. I'm a healthcare professional, but any person with a heart knows that, for pete's sake. After the actual vet visit, the girl at the counter gave me such attitude about getting a copy of my dog's chart from that visit. She (I am not kidding) slapped down the invoice and tapped on it, and sarcastically said that everything I needed was right there (it wasn't; I needed a neg HW copy). AWFUL SERVICE!
PROS: Vet seems nice, but distracted.
CONS: Terrible vet techs, bad attitudes, horrible service.