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davidburke & donatella--unsurprisingly weak

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davidburke & donatella--unsurprisingly weak

Denis | Apr 17, 2006 02:13 PM

I know this place hasn't been well-liked here, but based on some recent praise I'd heard somewhere, we tried it last night. It was indeed not very good. Maybe the fact that it was Sunday night had something to do with it.

Anyhow, the popovers that they serve in lieu of bread looked appealing, but they were kind of dry and crusty on the bottom. The pastrami salmon appetizer wasn't remarkable in flavor or texture, and was unpleasantly cold. The supposedly warm potato knish that came with the salmon was warmer the salmon itself, but it wasn't above room temp, and was also unremarkable. The crab cake was pretty good on the inside, though the crust on the outside tasted of the frying oil too much. The tempura green beans were also not fried well--or maybe they'd been sitting--and the whipped potatoes were OK but a bit grainy. The creamed spinach gratin was luxurious and yummy. The lamb T-bones were fine though not extraordinary in lamb-y flavor, and the sauce that came with them was awfully, cloyingly sweet. The mac and cheese that came with the lamb, which was encased in phyllo-like dough, was blah--not cheesy, and the casing did nothing for it.

Fun room and nice staff, though. The place was packed, making me wonder whether it's usually better or whether we ordered wrong.

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