If there is one drawback to Gunther & Co.—and it's a biggie—it's service. Despite a warm and almost courtly welcome by host, the rest of the evening, service-wise, was a struggle. More than once our server wandered off, creating long, empty stretches of waiting to place an order for drinks, waiting for the drinks themselves, and waiting for appetizers and entrees. At several points, a different server checked in with us and facilitated our order, while our original server sauntered over a while later with no explanation of the turtle's pace of the meal. Perhaps the most surprising incident came duringdessert, when several of us questioned the freshness of the whipped crème fraiche accompanying an otherwise lovely chocolate pave ($8). Crème fraiche is normally rich and slightly tart, but this tasted metallic, fizzy, and off. There was no bone to pick; no dessert to send back. We impressed that we did not want the charge to be removed from the menu. No one felt ill. But we did ask the server to check with the kitchen to make sure the garnish was what it was supposed to be, so that in case it was not right, the kitchen would know. Instead, he resisted with a long list of explanations. At the end of a very long evening (just over two hours from start to finish), this was not the diplomatic response.