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Bad Meal at Diner

chompchomp | | Aug 18, 2008 09:27 AM

Soo...Diner in South Williamsburg has long been on my list of favorite restaurants in the 'burg. Thus I have been pretty bummed to have two disappointing meals there; the most recent one was on Saturday night. The specials also sounded quite good. I got the wild sockeye salmon cooked medium rare atop a sweet bean stew with greens and my husband got pork tenderloin with creamy polenta and roasted plums.

My entree started out good -- the salmon was cooked quite well and the bean stew was fresh and lively. However, the plate got saltier with every bite to the point where I couldn't finish it. My husband enjoyed the polenta, but the pork tenderloin was dry and flavorless, and so tough he couldn't saw through it with the serrated knife he provided. In addition, the roasted plums looked gorgeous but were so sour and bitter that they provided a nasty counterpoint to the polenta. Neither of us finished our meals. The waitress asked how everything was, and my husband said we found both dishes mediocre. I explained to her that my dish was quite salty, and she said they had been hearing that all night, and at the staff tasting, all the servers told the cooks it was too salty. Though apparently it didn't affect the preparation. She kindly comped us a flourless chocolate cake which was excellent.

My other big problem is that in the listing of the 10+ specials they write on the paper on the table, they don't list the price. Usually I ask, but I forgot this time. My salmon was $22 and the pork was $26 -- pretty outrageous, I thought and about $8 more than what I would have expected to pay given the preparation. The only entree listed on the printed menu is the burger for $12, and makes it really difficult to gauge what the price points will be.

Overall, we ended up with a combination of poor food and high prices...such a bad mix! Bummer!

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