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Restaurant BT - Tampa

lax2mia | May 31, 2005 01:02 PM

Visited for the first time this weekend and chances are I won't go back. First of all, you need to visit the restaurant's website to appreciate it's pomposity. All pages on the website include a picture of the chef in very sexy poses with kitchen utensils. I had also read in some other media that the restaurant is dedicted to, and inspired by, the chef and her husband. Gee, you dedicated a restaurant named after yourself to yourself. That's humble

Now for the food. It was nothing outstanding given the prices. The green papaya salad was tiny, about as big as a small order of cole slaw at KFC and about as interesting. I ordered the whole pompano which rested in a broth with glass noodles. Try getting to the glass noodles with a entire fish lying on them. Not easy. My S.O. ordered the chopped filet mignon with ginger, chiles, etc. It came with white rice. Maybe they should switch the rice to the fish dish and the noodles to the other. It would've made life easier.

The service was funny as our waiter would intersperse French into the conversation whenever he could (bon jour, bon apetit, bon soir...).

It seems that BT is trying to copy restaurants like Devi and the Slanted Door where what is considered cheap ethnic food is elevated to fine dining. The result is slightly comical in that the food is nothing extraordinary, the space is slightly outdated, and the service tries hard, but don't quite make it.

That's my 2 cents. Any other opinions?

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