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Black Trumpet - Horrible!!


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Black Trumpet - Horrible!!

bgut1 | | May 13, 2007 08:17 AM

I know that sounds pretty harsh but I had a BAD dinner at Black Trumpet last night. My expectations were high considering the many fine reviews online as well as recommendations of friends. We arrived to find the restaurant packed for a Saturday night. Thinking this was a sign of good things to come we were both excited. We were seated in area to the left of the entrance what looks to be an enclosed porch with a terra cotta tiled floor. This room would be kind of nice except for the exposed HVAC venting over our heads and the waiter stained ceiling near the windows. Our waiter then arrived to present us with menus. While he was a nice very friendly fellow, he evidently had just taken a cigarette break and reeked of smoke. He advised of some very interesting specials; one of which was a Kobe steak with mushroom risotto for $59. While expensive, I remember reading that the chef used to tend the stove at Brennens Steakhouse so I decided to go for it. The waiter said I would not be disappointed and they would be happy to cook it anyway I liked. I was expecting heaven on a plate. Having had Kobe beef before, I ordered it the only way I thought you can properly eat it - seared on the outside and rare inside. He then asked if I wanted it Pittsburgh Style (black and blue). I said no. I didn't want it blackened or cold inside. The rest of the order consisted of the lobster cappuccino, pasta special, the yellow beet and asparagus salad to be split, and the scallop entree. There was an issue with every item. The lobster bisque/cappuccino while the best of the lot had only one small morsel of lobster in it. It was also served in a cappuccino cup which made it hard to eat. The pasta special was under seasoned. The salad was not split as requested. While all the ingredients were fresh, it wasn't dressed enough and needed more than the pich of goat cheese placed on top. The scallops while perfectly seared, were bogged down by the heavy and huge potato pancake it sat on top of. My Kobe steak was an abomination. The cut of meat was disgusting. Instead of being properly marbled it was fatty on the outside and tough and sinewy on the inside. It couldn't have been Kobe or Waygu beef. To make matters worse the inside was raw and cold. Knowing there was no saving the steak I decided not to return it and ate half of what I could salvage. Having brought a dessert wine I decided to order dessert. Knowing you can't wreck a bananas foster we decided to try it. This was cooked table side and I was concerned how quickly our waiter prepared it. The bananas were not cooked enough to caramelize them. Further the bananas were cut up like you would to top cereal. While I'm not asking for Brennans in NOLA, they should at least be sliced length wise as it’s supposed to be a fancy dessert. Anyway for the food I ordered the cost of the meal was about $175 without wine and including gratuity. Totally not worth it if you ask me. For that money I could have had a great meal at Nicholas. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

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