This pandemic has thrown a wrench into our indoor culinary experiences these past months, but recently many local restaurants have put in an admirable effort to accommodate the ever-growing crowds.
Autograph Brasserie, located in the town of Wayne, PA, has gone all out to ensure that their patrons experience a fine dining atmosphere, but they have also gone out of their way to make sure their customers forget that they are situated under a gigantic tent overlooking a parking lot.
This past Saturday evening I joined the brave souls who ventured outside their homes and entered the realm of pandemic cuisine. First, it should be noted that we dined inside the restaurant and not under the massive outdoor tent structure. Secondly, it was comforting to observe that tables were at least six feet apart and that all restaurant employees were masked at all times during our evening. Autograph Brasserie has clearly reached its goal of adhering to the rules of dining during the pandemic while continuing to present contemporary American cuisine.
Do not be fooled by the opulent fleet of automobiles parked around the big white tent. This restaurant offers a menu for those who desire a meal that ranges from hamburgers to tuna tartar.
Presentations are often rudimentary and the menu items were found to be exactly as they were described. A member of my party ordered the shrimp cocktail which was served awkwardly on a rectangular plate. Unfortunately, it was found to be overly salted but contained shrimp that were substantially sized. In addition, the Mahi Mahi was a little overcooked but this was overshadowed by the artistic and aesthetically pleasing presentation.
If you visit Autograph Brasserie you must try the two most outstanding features of our meal. First, the tuna tartare appetizer was not only admirable to look at, but it was one of the best plates to reach our table. In fact, we ordered four of said appetizers, all of which appeared fresh, had a flavor to match, and were certainly a unanimous thumbs up.
The part of the meal that would inspire anyone to return was the hamburger entree. This burger had it all, bacon, flavor, cheese, and a generous portion of truffle fries on the side. One word of advice, we ordered our food cooked medium and a medium-well, but both of these had undercooked centers. Otherwise, you should not miss this delicious entree if you decide to visit this restaurant.
Overall, Autograph Brasserie deserves a huge round of applause and I will definitely return for an encore. Perhaps I will see you there!