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Kingfish Hall.. disappointing and overpriced (surprised?)


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Kingfish Hall.. disappointing and overpriced (surprised?)

rlh | Dec 21, 2005 05:28 PM

Went to lunch there today against our better judgment given recent notes posted on Bonfire but ignored based on a deep-seated appreciation of the original (pre City Square)Olives-era Todd English and his culinary alchemy abilities --

The place was very loud and crowded with a frigid wind blowing by our table (until we closed the open window by the stairs) -- the server was friendly and the pacing of the meal was fine.

OK fresh Wellfleet oysters came to start -- EXCEPT for the bounty of shell fragments to be dealt with in every bite (really).

Main course "Seafood gratine" consisted of heavy, creamy sauce with some semblance of unmelted cheese sprinkled on top and had EXACTLY one, yes one, lonely sea scallop and 3, yes 3, tiny, tiny shrimp swimming along with some unidentifiable fish shards -- for $17 at lunch. Consumed the seafood, left the butter/cream, and ordered supplemental french fries to satisfy remaining hunger (and they were fresh/good!)

Dessert was a generous (maybe even $8 worth...plenty for two to share) and tasty pumpkin bread pudding - served warm with vanilla ice cream. This was the highlight of the meal.

Our conclusion is that this a spot solely for well-funded tourists and celeb chef groupies, and MAYBE corporate expense accounts (but why not do so much better in so many other places very nearby??). I think we are completely over Todd English at this point -- RIP Olives, Figs, etc.

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