On Friday night I had an awesome dinner date with such a sweet gentleman. The date was awesome because of how nice he was and how the conversation just flowed, not because of the food. The restaurant was disappointing.
When he said he was taking me to Allora, I Googled it and was excited when I saw all the great reviews. I also looked at the cocktail menu and found a drink I wanted to try.
I got to the restaurant a few minutes earlier and went downstairs to the bathroom, by the time I returned he was already at the bar waiting for me. He was just like his picture and I could tell he was a little on the shy side.
We chose to sit at a table right away instead of lingering at the bar. When the waiter comes to take our drink order I asked for the drink menu. He said he didn’t have one. I was confused, as there was one on the website, so I insisted: are you sure you don’t have a cocktail list?
He said: “This is not that kind of place.” I was a little put off by that comment. Then he added: “The bartender can make you anything you want”. He said that the old manager had created the cocktail list, but the new manager removed it. It would have been nice if they had updated their website.
Mr. D., my date, ordered an octopus appetizer. I was game for trying it. My date said it was not well prepared. I agreed with him. Even though I never had octopus before this could have used some more seasoning.
The Rigatoni Bolognese was bland and almost completely meatless. The beef ravioli, which I don’t even know what was the filling because it didn’t taste at all like beef, was just awful. It came covered in cranberry sauce. They should have mentioned that it was covered in the sweet sauce when we asked what the ravioli of the day was. The waiter only said beef.
In retrospect I should have complained about the food especially because of the price charged. I didn’t pay or see the bill but there were prices on the menu. I had already done my share of complaining about the drink menu I didn’t want to bring negativity to the evening. I also didn’t want him to feel bad for having chosen the restaurant.
The conversation was flowing and we were having such a great time that the food seemed like an afterthought.
At one point I went to the bathroom again and I got back and the waiter is waiting with the dessert cart. My date looked at me and said: “I knew you would want it”. I thought that was cute since I had previously mentioned I had a sweet tooth. We shared some kind of chocolate mousse cake. It was just good.
I am not sure why all the great reviews. Perhaps we just ordered the wrong food or the chef had an off day. I will never go back and would never recommend it.
“I dwell in possibility…” – ― Emily Dickinson
After the dinner we walked to the train station and he offered me his arm. It was all so easy and effortless. At my train track we continued talking for a few more minutes. We talked about taking a skiing trip together.
Then we hugged good bye and we kissed twice on the lips – just quick pecks. I definitely would have been okay with more, even though I don’t particular care for kissing on the first date. I guess I am changing my stance on that. The kiss is a great way to see if chemistry is really there or it isn’t.
I will definitely go on a second date if he asks me. He seemed interested but since the date we have texted a little with both of us talking about being busy at work and not much more than that. This time I honestly have no idea if a second date will happen or not.
I am inclined to think it will not as I find that most guys will ask me out right away. If they don’t then things normally fizzles out. Perhaps it is a New York thing. Everyone is always moving on to the next thing instead of focusing on what/who is at hand. Or perhaps people always think that there will be someone else better out there.
I know he has a lot on his plate, perhaps it is even a little too early for him to start dating. He is still only separated, has kids, still living with the spouse. They are trying to sell the house and go their separate ways. They also share a variety of businesses that they are trying to get sorted it out.
He is very busy, but that is an excuse that I don’t accept. If someone is online dating, and interested in someone, then they will make the time. Otherwise they are just not interested.
All I know is that he was smart, open, honest, and such a gentleman. He was an absolute joy to be with. I could see hints of sparks and chemistry. Fingers crossed.
“It’s the possibility that keeps me going, not the guarantee.” -― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook