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Barbuto - Great service, not-so-great food.

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Barbuto - Great service, not-so-great food.

KarenSari | Apr 11, 2005 03:28 PM

This past Friday, 4 of us went to Barbuto to celebrate my friend's birthday. We arrived a bit ahead of our 9:15 reservation, and the host graciously offered us a spot at the bar while we waited. The bartender was friendly, and she patiently walked us through the wine list, describing the flavor of each wine. I ordered a glass of wonderful white Greek wine (unfortunately the name escapes me.)

We were seated a short time later. The waiter was prompt and courteous, and offered a few tips about the menu. In the end, we each ordered a salad as an appetizer. For main courses, two of my friends ordered the lamb, one ordered the roasted chicken, and I ordered the halibut. We ordered two sides for the table: fried potatoes and grilled cauliflower.

We each enjoyed our salads. However, we had two big problems with the entrees. The biggie: when my friend's chicken arrived, it was completely raw. My friend had taken a bite and had to spit the raw flesh into a napkin. It was a few minutes before we were able to hail a busboy to take it away. A few minutes later, the waiter came by and we told him what happened. He apologized, and my friend ordered the lamb instead. (By this time she had lost much of her appetite.) Amazingly, we were charged for the lamb!

Our other issue was that the portions were very small. My fish was very tasty, and my friends enjoyed the lamb, but we all agreed that we were still hungry at the end of the meal. Even with the two side dishes, we were still not full.

Oh - one other thing - when the waiter brought out my friend's dessert (the chocolate torte), there was a candle in it, as promised. But the waiters did not sing happy birthday. Not sure if this is normal practice...?

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