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Henry's End - major disappointment


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Henry's End - major disappointment

parkslopechef | | May 2, 2006 02:06 AM

My girlfriend and I had dinner at Henry's End tonight, largely because of so many positive comments on this board, but our experience did not live up to our expectations in the least.
To begin with, we were not offered water at any part of our meal; we had a half carafe of an okay Riesling but I would think a round of waters would be the first thing to come to the table.
We only ordered entrees, as we were under a time constraint. She had the softshell crab in basil butter, which was actually the best part of the meal, relatively speaking, but not mind-blowing. I ordered the veal scalloppine with morels, which I figured (again, based upon the glowing things I'd heard about this place) would be a delicious evocation of springtime cuisine. Instead, I got a paltry 3 ounces of veal and some poorly cleaned (i.e. gritty) morels, in a heavy, flour-thickened Marsala sauce that completely smothered any nuance of flavor from either the veal or the morel mushrooms. This was accompanied by a small plate of steamed broccoli and undercooked rice, that seemed to be the standard accompaniment to any and all entrees, and preceded by an uninspired salad of chopped Romaine lettuce in some sort of vinaigrette.
The waitress, who appeared to be training that night, was competent (except for the forgotten water) and friendly, and we did not penalize her when calculating the tip, but we both felt the food was mediocre at best, similar to what one might be served at a budget wedding reception.
I do not like to be so negative, but I wonder if anyone else here shares my assessment - I ask only because so many of you seem to like this place so much.