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central kitchen disappointment

jdubboston | | Dec 9, 2007 12:00 PM

given the blustry wind & snow on friday night, we were craving comfort food and so headed over to CK on the early side. we were lucky to get a table in the relatively crowded room - success! the evening seemed to be off to a good start...

unfortunately, that was the last really positive thing about the meal. we've had a few dinners there in the past & been pretty happy - certainly not haute cuisine, but always reliably good...

this time around, we started with the octopus, which was fine, altho very, very salty - and only included two pieces, which seemed very small. for the main dishes, my DC had the lamb shank & I had the mussels and we shared the assiete of veggies.

first off, apparently, gnocchi is a winter vegetable! yes, I do understand it is made from potatoes, but to advertise a dish as a medley of vegetables, and for one of them to essentially be a starch??? seemed odd to me. the mussels were fine, although the sauce was thin & tasteless, as if made with water & a bit of garlic thrown in at the end - none of the winey-buttery richness normally in the bottom of a mussels bowl. lamb shank was dry but overcooked, as if the cooking was done on a too high heat too quickly, rather than a slow braise. it also arrived cold. accompanying lentils were quite good.

since we weren't feeling particularly sated in our need for comfort at this point, we ordered the tarte tatin to finish, hoping for the best. unfortunately, this was almost the worst part of the meal - maybe 6 slices of apple (not caramelized at all) on top of FAR too much puff pastry. undercooked and literally almost bready. to add insult to injury, what should have been a caramel sort of sauce was, I think, actually honey poured on at the last minute. ugh.

overall, there was nothing that was HORRIBLE about this meal. we didn't speak to our waitress or management at the time, because nothing in particularly was really wrong. it was, as I said in the title, just disappointing.

do we think it was just a really off night, or has anybody else had similiar experiences lately?

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