A friend and I dropped by the Ten Ten Room for dinner prior to Something Rotten at the Community Center Theater. The signage is minimal and easy to miss, but we knew that the Ten Ten Room occupies the space that formerly housed Megami Bento-Ya.
The small space (long and narrow) has been extensively renovated – and both the retro ambiance and the menu are very 1950’s. The dark teal walls and the dark wood bar combine to make the space both warm and inviting. The outside patio is small but certainly an option weather permitting.
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We had arrived during Happy Hour. I had a choice of three wines and ordered the Love Noir Pinot Noir ($6). My friend ordered a Tuxedo (Plymouth Gin, Dry Vermouth, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur, Orange Bitters) ($9).
We sipped our drinks and looked over the menu. The menu is small – offering seven appetizers, six sandwiches, two salads, four entrees and two desserts. Despite the limited choices, we both spotted several dishes that sounded appealing.
My friend ordered the Meatball Sub (Pork & Beef Meatballs, Marinara, Mozzarella, Sharp Provolone, and Parmesan on Toasted Garlic Bread ($13) with fries. She also ordered the Wedge Salad (Cucumber, Red Onion, Cherry Tomato, Carrot, Blue Cheese) ($8) with added Bacon ($3).
I ordered the Garlic Steak Sandwich (New York Steak on Toasted Garlic Bread) ($14) and opted for the (included) mixed green salad instead of the fries.
We advised our server, Aimee, that we were going to the theatre. We found her to be both pleasant and efficient, and ultimately very accommodating.
When we were served our meals I ordered another glass of wine, and my friend decided to try the Expresso Martini ($10). She loved both of the drinks she tried and we resolved to meet another friend at the Ten Ten Room in the near future for Happy Hour.
Our food that evening was a disappointment. My Garlic Steak Sandwich was so salty that it was pretty much inedible. I took a few bites and proceeded to eat my salad. My friend offered to give me a portion of her Meatball Sub – and I accepted.
At the table next to us one of the patrons had the Steak Frites (10 oz. New York Steak served with French Fries & Horseradish Aioli) ($18). I inquired if her steak was likewise excessively salty and she said it was not. Good to know.
When our server dropped by to inquire about the food I shared my opinion as to the excessive saltiness. I believe that most restaurants (especially fairly new ones) want to know any missteps so corrections can be made. Our waitress said that she would advise the kitchen. She also offered me the opportunity to order a different sandwich – which I appreciated. I declined, however, as we were going to have to leave soon to catch the show. When we received our bill the charge for my Garlic Steak Sandwich had been removed.
The Meatball Sub also left something to be desired. The meatballs were tender and very tasty – but there was so little sauce that my friend found the sandwich itself rather dry. The accompanying fries were overcooked. On the bright side, my friend really enjoyed her Wedge Salad with added Bacon.
Despite our experience that evening, we both look forward to going to the Ten Ten Room for Happy Hour in the near future – and I will certainly give the Ten Ten menu a second try.
As we started to walk to the Community Center Theater my friend, who was walking very slowly due to back pain, suggested we catch a ride via a River City Rickshaw. Neither of us had tried the service previously, although we have certainly seen them around town. After inquiring as to price to go two blocks, and being a bit shocked by the response, she made a counter-offer. An deal was struck and we hopped on board. Our driver was very personable, and it was a fun ride. We were dropped off right in front of the theater door – in style.
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