Panache in Ramsey in New Jersey: Dining Posted April 1, 2009 I went very recently. Not impressed.My wife and I went for our anniversary. We called and let them know it was a special occasion. On previous occasions we have gone to Panache we have felt the service was rushed. I wrote it off to some extent that the restaurant, before the remodel, was smallish and I can understand the need to turn tables on the weekend.We went on a Tuesday night. The restaurant was recently expanded. When we arrived we were immediately escorted to the worst table in the house. I should have said something, I usually do, but did not want to fuss.The table was positioned by the entry and by the kitchen at a narrow turn. Waiters going to and from the kitchen and patrons going to and from the restrooms knocked into the back of my chair 6 or 7 times. There were plenty of other, much nicer, tables available. While my wife and I conversed the waiter abruptly stepped up and started to read off the specials. No "Good evening my name is Joe, may I read the specials to you tonight?" Obnoxious!My wife had the endive/gorgonzola/apple salad. I had the filet mignon ravioli.The salad was glopped in some kind of french dressing. The ravioli were good but one dimensional....just very rich but no distinguishing flavors. Both appy's lacked any attempt at presentation. Did I mention I hate to be rushed? The appy's were brought out to us within 3-4 minutes of ordering.My wife purposely dawdled while eating her appy. But sure enough within 2 minutes of her finishing out came the entrees as though they were just begging to be freed from a heat lamp. The mains were: She had halibut, I had duck. The duck was good but the sauce was overly sweet and again one dimensional. The bok choy was very good. The presentation was better but still not inspired. The halibut crust was a bit chewy but otherwise a nice dish from what I could tell. It clearly sat under the heat lamp. As my better half also posts on this forum perhaps she will chime in.We (ok I) decided to order a desert and we split a caramel pecan sponge cake.The flavor of caramel and pecans was good but again..no presentation...just a "piece o cake" on a a plate.The sponge cake was dry, the caramel icing very very sweet. We had a $150 gift certificate I gave my wife for Christmas. The bill was $107 before tip. They gave us a new GC for $43 rather than change. I thought that was cheesy. Is this normal? We were in and out of the restaurant in less than 2 hours. Maybe they should put in a drive through?I'll go back again...I have to spend that $43!! But I will make sure I only order my appy and will make them wait b4 giving my entree order. Other notes: No one offered to take my wife's coat although we saw several others (regulars I presume) be offered this service. My wife sat with her coat squished up against her in her booth. A table next to us was offered a tasting menu..we were not. Again, they were regulars.