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anyone tried Darlington House?


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anyone tried Darlington House?

katie570 | | May 18, 2008 10:22 AM

Has anyone tried Darlington House, in the old Childe Harold space?

I only went to the lower level, with a pub atmosphere and sort-of publike food. I don't think I would recommend trying it yet. The gnocchi with mushrooms, ramps, and asparagus were wonderful, in my opinion, and the molten chocolate cake was really good (though when isn't molten chocolate cake good?). Also, good fries.

The bad: the crunchy chorizo ravioli were soggy, the tuna sliders were overcooked (in my opinion--my husband liked them) on stale-tasting brioche, and the worst thing of all was the schizza (like a flatbread pizza) with sausage, pesto, and ricotta salata. It literally tasted like no one had salted or seasoned any element of it at any point--there must have been no parmesan in the pesto either.

Did I say that was the worst part? That might have actually been the waiter, who brought all four dishes at once (to our tiny little two-top table), spilled beer on my husband, and took away our salt and our ketchup before we were done eating to give them to another table, and when we complained about the totally unseasoned schizza (literally, I swear, the first time in my LIFE I have ever complained to a waiter about a dish--normally I just chalk it up to experience, but this was AWFUL), told us, "The chef doesn't really believe in using salt" and walked away (funny, when nothing else seemed to be undersalted--a bit to the contrary, in fact).

Mostly I am just amused by how comically absurd the whole place was. All this being said, I could still see myself wandering in by myself one weeknight just for a bowl of gnocchi... it is around the corner from me, after all. Anyone else been? Maybe my experience was unusual--certainly my waiter seemed to be uniquely incompetent.

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