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Review: Batifole

cardamom | | Jun 5, 2004 10:23 PM

Went to Batifole for the first time. I live nearby, and was encouraged by the good reviews it's been getting. Don't know if I'll go back. The service was very iffy -- my salad came first, then my bread took a long time to arrive after that, followed immediately by the main dish. This was the saving grace of the meal: braised sweetbreads with bacon and pearl onions. The sweetbreads were pure texture and the sauce was smoky and delicious. However, the way they do things at Batifole, the main dish does not come with vegetables or potatoes etc. I kept looking at my 3 modestly-sized sweetbreads thinking, "I paid $15 for this?" Granted, there are much more expensive restaurants in the city, but the overall effect was disappointing. It is still a new restaurant, so things will improve, but for some reason, I didn't leave wanting to go back even though I live in the neighbourhood.