I went to the Mid-Atlantic Cafe a couple of Fridays ago with my boyfriend and another couple. This is the new place in the same location where Acadia Parish used to be. The new owners have spruced up the place considerably... the decor is quite simple and elegant, although I miss Acadia Parish's hominess. They also have a liquor license. The food is going for a mid-atlantic cuisine (obviously), although since I've never been to those states (I skipped straight from Texas to NYC) I won't be able to vouch for accuracy.
The meal overall was very uneven. I started with an asparagus puree soup which was tangy and refreshing, and two of my companions had a tasty appetizer of pulled pork on toast. It was a good start. The entrees were not nearly as satisfying. I ordered horseradish-crusted salmon, but it wasn't so much encrusted as it was blackened and charred. The presentation, which seemed nicely minimal with the appetizers, just seemed paltry with the salmon.
My boyfriend's filet mignon was the best entree. It was a beautiful, silky medium rare. Another friend got the veal chop, which he described as "pretty good" (I wouldn't expect to get more of a description from him), but I would like to note that the menu says "chops," as in plural, and my friend maintained that he wouldn't have ordered it if he knew it was only one. A minor point, but when brought up with the waitress, she seemed nonplussed, and just giggled a "sorry."
Dessert was pretty disastrous. My boyfriend got a raspberry sorbet which was very icy... there was a thin layer of frost all around. I got what was described as caramelized bananas with meringue, but was actually a mushy banana sandwiched between two unbelievably tough and rubbery discs of meringue. The meringue stuck to my fork with such force that I had to use another fork to pry it off. I wished that I could bring the chef out to ask him to demonstrate to me how on earth I was supposed to eat this dessert.
The service was pleasant on the surface, but actually quite poor. There were only two parties in the restaurant, and the waitress and hostess were about 8 feet away from us, laughing and having a good time, but getting more water or the check was difficult.
I was disappointed overall, and more so because there were a few bright spots in the evening. I loved the sharp bite of the asparagus puree, and the filet mignon was luscious. Perhaps others have had better luck with their menu selections... I'd love to hear it. Just be sure to skip the Discs-of-Tron-bananas.
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