Cons: Bland, overpriced food, terrible service, bad acoustics
This is a nice place -- in theory. The idea of a "supper club" is one that has, for better or for worse, seen better days. I suspect the Atlas has as well.
It caters to an odd crowd -- heavy Wonderbra-ed cleavage and chest hair is de rigeur here for reasons I can't quite explain. Do not show up in your favourite cashmere and long skirt; no matter how clingy the fabric, you'll feel like the oft-bashed prim librarian.
The other striking thing about Atlas is its insanely limited and overpriced menu. Granted, it's not the world's shortest menu, but do not count on anything actually listed on the menu being available. The dishes are universally unexciting -- good, tasty, but not too far removed from things a decent cook might make at home, and guaranteed to leave you unsatisfied. Mine arrived cold; I should have sent it back at the price, but hot boring food is still...boring food.
Service is abysmal. The bussing is what you'd expect if you suggested to your four-year-old that he might clean the table. Orders were lost, confused, generally made a mess of, and drink service was nearly non-existent. I think I may have fought over a glass of water.
And then there's the music. Supposedly, they have some decent entertainment. Who knows? It's so unbelievably loud that it just immediately turns the place into a club, ditching the "supper" element entirely. Why such poor acoustics?
Granted, the place is pretty plush-looking. This is almost a plus, but it's completely erased by the extent to which you are expected to match it. My 'party' -- me in semi-conservative, another in neat shirt and pants, and a third in a nice suit -- seemed somehow suspect, as if we weren't quite flash enough for the place. We joined up with others later; one was forced to come as he was -- mildly scruffy -- and since you're forced to smoke outside -- this being the People's Republic of California -- he was all but followed in and out every time...
Oh, poor, poor little you, taken out and wined and dined; didn't you find anything you liked about this place?
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K. Mennie (kmennie)
Oct 27, 2010
Nov 23, 2010 02:45 PM UTC
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