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The Dressing Room, Westport

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The Dressing Room, Westport

kbfood | Mar 7, 2007 05:46 PM

Has anyone been here? We went a last month, and were very underwhelmed. The food was mostly so underseasoned that I wished I had some kosher salt in my pocket! It seemed as though everyone sitting around us was looking for Paul Newman or some other famous person. The service was a bit off, and we were sitting in a really bad spot, kind of a hallway to get to the main dining area, on a banquette.
After we ordered and were awaiting our appetizers, and waiting and waiting, the waiter came over and told us that they dropped my daughters ribs on the floor, so they had to refire them. In the meantime they brought us each a generous bowl of pureed parsnip soup, which was very good, and nice of them, although we couldn't understand why it would take so long to refire the ribs that they had to bring an extra course.
My app was very good, a roasted beet salad with frisee and a raspberry vinaigrette and homemade mini marshmallows (which were strangely delicious), and the salad was definitely the tastiest thing all night. We also had a crabmeat salad, nice presentation but bland, and the dry rubbed ribs with a cabbage apple slaw, also very bland, although falling off the bone tender.
For mains, I had a roasted trout with rosemary apple compote and potatoes. We also had the pot roast, served in a little cast iron pot, filled with meat, potatoes, root veggies etc. They recommended getting the mashed potatoes on the side, which was not necessary in retrospect since there were potatoes in the pot roast. My husband had the berkshire pig, very tender and succulent, with horseradish potato puree. I do have to say that the quality of the ingredients across the board was excellent.
There has been so much buzz about this place in the food magazines, but less about the food and more about the philosophy of the place. And of course Patricia Brooks gave it a Very Good in the NY Times, although I thought her review was about as bland as the food!
So, would love to hear anyone else's experience there...maybe it was a bad night for us?

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