I've been on this board several times touting Mai near Atlantic and Third in Boerum Hill. I have had some outstanding meals while dining in their beautiful courtyard. Last night, we decided to get some takeout and received the worst meal we've had since moving to Brooklyn two years ago. We ordered the shrimp pancake and scallop dumplings as apps. The dumplings were fine. The pancake was completely inedible. The sauce smelled like burnt wood and tasted about the same. The pancake fell completely apart while we were trying to eat it. There was exactly one and 1/2 shimp in the whole thing and even the bean sprouts tasted terrible (how is that even possible?).
For entrees, I got the red snapper and my wife got the pumkin and short rib curry. My snapper came in a box with three pieces of charred eggplant for $16. The fish looked horrible and was overcooked to the point of being nearly petrified. The only saving grace for the whole night was the pumpkin curry. That dish has always been a favorite of mine.
$50 for a terrible takeout meal is ridiculous. Not sure if it was an off night for the kitchen or if the takeout is just something to avoid. I'll NEVER order from there again. In fact, I will be really hard for me to ever eat there again.