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Disaster at Intrigue Cafe


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Disaster at Intrigue Cafe

Simon | | Jul 23, 2001 03:48 PM

I never enjoy writing negative reports. However, one of the great benefits of joining the community on this baord is learning places to avoid. While learning about wonderful, undiscovered restaurants is always a plus, it is just as useful (if not more useful!) to learn where to avoid. If last night's meal is representative, Intrigue Cafe is just such a place.

The menu, itself, is fairly dull and straighforward. But, I can hardly hold that against the place. It is located on the waterfront at the Boston Harbour hotel. Thus, it caters to tourists. A straightforward menu is probably the best way to go.

Unfortunately, the tourist problem is also prevalent in the quality of the food. Pseudo-celeb-chef David Bruce has dropped his own name throughout much of the restaurant (the menu, the website, etc. are adorned with his name). Unfortunately, instead of using the casual sibling of his more formal Rowes Wharf restaurant as a vehicle for expermineting with exciting combinations of flavours, he has used the restuarant as an opportunity to make money as a tourist trap. Essentially, he has sold out his name. Again, I can hardly blame him. It is probably a recipe for financial success. (Little effort. Big reward.) However, it is not a recipe for anything that any chowhound would want to eat.

The food was generally atrocious. Although my dumplings were passable, the burger my girlfriend ordered well-done (don't worry, I like mine medium-rare, of course) came just short of rare. It was raw. Unfortunately, she had taken several bites before realizing that the center was icey cold. Literally icey. She then started crying and rushed to the bathroom where she vomited. Not pretty.

The uneven service didn't help either. Add to that a sterile atmopshere (with an admittably pleasant view), and you have a place that I need never return.

I promise a positive review (of somehwere else) in the near future to erase this memory.