I figured that as outdoor only dining may be with us here in NJ for a while, we should share our experiences:
We lunched al fresco at Taka in AP yesterday. Table was great, overlooking Cookman Ave and it was a nice day. All the employees were masked and gloved. Front of house was quick to seat us. Menus were the “scan the code” sort and it worked fine.
Our waiter was very nice, even a little too talkative, but why not? When our food arrived, everything looked wonderful:
Then I bit into my supposedly medium rare burger and it all went to hell. The burger literally exploded as hot juice splattered everything. Even an amatuer like me knows you have to let the burger rest to redistribute the juices. Although they helped clean things up, there wasn’t even an apology, much less an offer to pay dry cleaning bills.
When I went back in for another bite I discovered that the burger was also cooked what my father calls, “black and blue” rare, as in raw in the middle.
Those who know me know that in the old days I’d have complained to the manager. Somehow I felt that there was just too many things that could go wrong so I just asked for a box to take it home.
I almost forgot to mention that I felt the experience was worth it. That moment when we had that beautiful looking food in front of us and we both looked out over AP and sighed almost made me feel like none of this had happened and we were just eating out.