I was wondering what everyone felt about restaurants pushing a signature dish to their customers?
We had dinner on Saturday night at Taranta, and the waiter was really pushing the Costoleta (pork chop) as having won "awards" and being their "signature dish". I'd been to Taranta 3 or 4 times previously (and always had a great meal) and I'd never had it, so I figured I would give it a try. The pork chop was a little overcooked, but the real issue was the sauce. They were going for the whole sweet/salty thing, but there was way too much of both to the point of almost being inedible. To me, if you're going to push something on every customer it should be perfect. Is the waiter doing the kitchen a disservice with this? Did he set unfair expectations? I'm not really sure what the answer is here. Maybe the kitchen was just having a bad night. Who knows. I just know that was the single worst thing I've ever tasted from the kitchen at Taranta.