The Foundry is an exciting restaurant, except for the food. It is a showcase for the woodworker's art, the glass-blower's art, the talents of craftspeople and interior designers. But it is no showcase for the chef's art. The menu tempts with abalone and mahi mahi and several teriyakis. But nothing tastes as good as it looks, except perhaps the clam chowder, which has merit despite its being too thick. Meats tend to be tough and tasteless, so coooking them as ordered still does not satisfy. Chicken and fish, on the other hand, come off dry. And herbs drown every dish. Surprisingly, they serve some excellent crisply cooked fresh vegetables, and the salad is large and tasty, dotted with tiny shrimp. Save space for the home-made ice cream and for the coffee, both of which are extraordinary. The crowded lounge downstairs, serving light foods and drinks, is fun if you like noise. Upstairs you can dine in a curtained room or in one of the spplendidly contemporary dining rooms, served by waiters who, when they are not over-burdened, do a good job of pampering diners. If the Foundry were half as delicious as it is pretty, it would dazzle. But obviously the crowds there on weekened evenings are not there primarily to eat.