Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Gaf on Wornall

Went to Gaf, the new version of the Romanelli Grill for dinner tonight. Decent, but unspectacular food, excellent service, and a charming waiter. My Smithwick's was served at a temperature that let me know the bar knows what it's doing - chilled, but not ice cold - a temperature that showed respect for the flavor of the ale. Not a bad meal, by any means, but I thought the place was supposed to be new, exciting and youthful, but the average age was still 60+ (excluding grandchildren). The old neighborhood spot has changed a little, but not radically. You still won't be out of place wheeling in an oxygen bottle.

Lunch at the Bulldog with Ken was better.


Blogger Pensive Girl said...

Just went to the Gaf myself. Monday night. I grew up going to Romenelli's and was pleased with the fact that in the "renovated" space, you can actually see a foot in front of you. It is now a well-lit restaurant with a nice new wood floor and a fireplace. I agree that the clientelle was old, probably the same people that have been eating there for years. There was an old man, probably 80, that came by himself and then went around to all of the younger ladies asking for a ride home. He could hardly walk and still, he had the nerve to ask around for a ride. Probably worked for him 40 years ago. I'm guessing he took the bus home Monday night.
Drinks were good, Guiness was poured with such a thick head on it, it was like being in Ireland. The crabc akes, however, were a bit tasteless and over priced if you ask me.

11/10/2005 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the quickie review. I just learned about this place after the Pitch article this week. I was curious... but if they can't make a decent crabcake maybe I'll just stick to my usual haunts.

11/10/2005 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My girlfriend and I went to the Gaf Saturday night. They did a great job with the interior. The food was very good (catfish and BLT&C). The service however was horrendous. We sat at a table in the bar area. There were approximately 3 servers standing behind the bar and another couple servers working the bar area. Anything we needed, we had to get up and approach a server or flag them down as they walked by. What made it worse was that the place was not crowded at all (maybe half the bar tables and stools were occupied). Good food absent good service results in a negative overall impression. What's sad it that I lived in New York City for ten years and have frequented the Gaf there (same owner) and always had a good experience. It will be a long, long time before the KC Gaf will see me again. Thanks.

12/05/2005 9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dropped in on Saturday afternoon for a quiet pint, and found an Irish music session in full swing. GREAT MUSIC. They said that they used to play at Kennedy's until the fire, but would now be at the Gaf on 2nd and 4th Saturdays. Definitely music worth coming to hear.

2/25/2007 10:28 AM  
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