We hadn't been to Ernesto's for quite a while, but needed a place close to the Kimmel Center.
Unfortunately, my reasons for not returning were reinforced.
I would love to like this place. It is convenient, service is pleasant, they always get you out on time for the concert - if only the food were good!
My "Cesare" salad was a bunch of cut-up romaine with shaved cheese on top. They should have used a jar of bottled Caesar salad dressing to give it some flavor; there was no flavor (no dressing?) at all.
My veal scallopine was completely bland, also no flavor at all. I did my best with salt and pepper. I can't understand it - doesn't the chef have a sense of taste?
The polenta accompanying it was dry and hard as a board.
In all fairness, my husband enjoyed his dinner. He liked his salad, and said the cioppino was very good.
In the past, I had the same complaint. Food that wouldn't make you sick, but has absolutely no taste.
Those of you who follow my posts know that I rarely write a negative review. Of course, we try to go to recommend restaurants and usually end up enjoying them.
Oh, well - can't win them all!
Ernesto's 1521 CafÃ©
1521 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102