I think my experiences at Prime Society were a bit better than previous reviewer although I agree with her that the food taste was alright only. You know, not bad but not fantastic either.
What is fantastic there is the service. We moved to this restaurant cause of my bad experience at Angel's Share (see review). It was my 2nd time at Prime Society. When we arrived, it was surprisingly very busy for a Tuesday night. The girl at the counter was very friendly even though we did not have a reservation. A couple had just left so there was a table for us. Menus arrived promptly and as we are very slow to order (I like to go through each item on the menu) it was important that the waiters were not pushy about ordering even though it was obviously a busy night. They left us alone for quite a while and when I accidentally made eye contact with one of them, he came over thinking I was ready to order. When I said I needed another 5 mins, he smiled and said it was ok, to take my time.
When hubby went to the restroom I quickly flagged down a waiter and told him it was hubby's birthday. Did they have any cake they could put a candle in later. Waiter said he could give us a complimentary slice of blueberry cheesecake but as my hubby does not like cheesecake, I declined the complimentary cheesecake and order the standard desserts. He suggested pre-ordering our desserts which was a good suggestion. The waiter was helpful, bringing me to a corner (in case hubby suddenly returned) to peruse the dessert menu.
For starter, hubby had Soup Of The Day, which was a pea and leek soup. Possibly with bacon but I can't be sure cause hubby tasted no bacon in soup but he swore he heard waiter say there was bacon (maybe he heard it in his head!). I had the deep-fried calamari with a small side salad. Both were good, and the calamari was served piping hot.
For mains, we had 160g tenderloin steak, which came with a large serving of fries, long beans and squash greens. Steak was cooked the right amount of time (we had medium rare) although a bit tasteless and not as tender as other places such as Angus House, but also not as expensive. Seasoning on fries were good, similar to a cajun seasoning(?). We had an additional side order of the spinach with garlic and vingar dressing. It was tasty but overly salty.
Dessert was a yogurt panna cotta (the waiter was clue-y enough to ask me beforehand if yogurt panna cotta was ok since it is not the usual cream type) and molten lava cake. When the waiter served the lava cake with a candle, he shook my husband's hand and wished him "Happy Birthday Sir". The lava cake was pretty good, not too sweet. The panna cotta was not as good. Maybe it was too much gelatin used or it was the yogurt, the texture was not as soft, smooth or creamy as its cream-based counterparts. The bill came up to approximately $153 (no drinks).
When we were leaving, 3 of them at the entrance, warmly said goodbye. One waiter who was trying to put on his apron even stopped to open the door for us. Service definitely tops.
I was actually okay walking out to hail a cab. After having so much for dinner, it was nice to walk it off. I agree that it is a long walk and might be tiring if you weren't wearing comfortable shoes, but even in my heels, it was a cool night and walking out to the main road was quite romantic and relaxing.
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The Prime Society is located with the rest of the rather "atas" eateries at Dempsey Hill.
Classy as it may seems, PLEASE drive or else your date may suffer from mosquito bites or aaching feet by the time you manage to hail a cab and yes, your truly was a victim.
My date and I ordered the Christmas Eve set and we were extremely disappointed.
How so? The food tasted alright but it was nothing spectacular. The steak wasn't bloody enough for me. (yes, another bad pun)
From the amount we paid, it definitely did not justify the items received. However I am still going to give The Prime Society another chance. Perhaps it'll prove better when I order from the normal menu?
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