And indeed it was crowded. At first they tried to cram all five of us into a semi-circle booth. At the identical booth right next to it there were four people, two adults and two little girls, and that booth was too small for them. I looked at the waiter to see if he was joking. I'm 6'2"... and both my dad and brother are taller than I am. There was no possible way all five of us were sitting here.
So we got a table in the back corner of the restaurant, and service was terrible for the whole dinner. Whatever.
This was my least favorite visit to Robin's in a long time. They were very busy, so perhaps they weren't paying attention to service and quality like they should have been... but that is a reason, never an excuse. Next year I might just make dinner at home for everyone on December 23rd - it never seems to go well when we go out.
While the prime rib was roasting in the oven I put a holiday classic in the DVD player, perhaps the best Christmas movie ever made and one that warms the hearts of my family every year:
I made a simple appetizer of burrata, proscuitto, roasted red pepper and basil. Just something to snack on with the wine while we waited for dinner to be ready.
Perhaps I got a little pretentious here. I put some meatballs on a plate with Parmesan and parsley and drizzled it with a sweet chili sauce.
It was definitely a good weekend for eating.