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Barbary Fig, St. Paul: candid review

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Barbary Fig, St. Paul: candid review

tbites | Sep 4, 2007 10:29 AM

My husband and I moved to mpls. from NYC 2 years ago, and since then have been scouring the city for the best food in town. A few of our favorite restaurants so far: 112 eatery, alma, nami, jasmine deli, spoonriver, pizza nea in northeast and others. We love good food and continually hope to add new restaurants to our twin city list. So, saturday nite we ventured to st. paul to eat at Barbary Fig, which I had been reading about since we moved here. It seems like people either love it or hate it, and unfortunately I'm officially in the latter group. The meal was not only bland, but dishes like the grilled eggplant appetizer with roquefort cheese and the special lamb dish were pretty much inedible. The lamb/potatoes/veggie concoction was swimming in a dishwater-like liquid. The grilled eggplant was completely lacking in presentation and flavor. These dishes were the nightly specials, so we assumed they'd be good. From our point of view, it seemed like the chef was much more interested in closing up for the nite (at about 8:30pm, he was stowing away the patio's umbrellas, allowing the restaurant's spotlights to shine on all of the customers. Very romantic, in an interrogative kind of way.) and chatting with customers than worrying about how his food tasted. It's a shame, because we love good food, and when we fall for a place, we recommend it to everyone we know, but barbary fig is crossed off our list... and I don't recommend it to anyone on this board.

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