It was my husband's birthday so we went to the Penrose Room. Since we were staying in the South Tower, it was handy. I was surprised by a number of things. First, we arrived early in order to have drinks in the bar next to the Penrose Rose. I ordered a Blood and Sand and the man delivered it but said it had been made without cherry herring since they were out. It was acceptable but I was surprised they even delivered the drink in the first place. My husband's second martini (with Chopin vodka) was definitely not right. He has sent a drink back only one other time in his entire life. He said this one tasted like gin...and the barkeep did sip it, throw it out, and make a new one which was good, by the way. On to diinner. For the price, we were both disappointed. I had read the other reviews on here and thought well....you know....some people.... But I guess I am one of those "some people" now. The amuse buches beetween courses were not particularly amusing or tasty. The menu tries too hard to be "gournet," and it is rather difficult to find something to enjoy. I did like my foie gras and lobster. Ray was terribly disappointed in the tiny (6-8 ounces max) ribeye. On the plus side, they decorated his dessert for his birthday, the music was lovely, and the service was impeccable. I am not difficult to please....but this was definitely not my premier spot of all time. We had better meals in the old Charles Court back in the day.