We had a very disappointing lunch today at Room 39, between Genessee and Bell on West 39th in KCMO. Unfortunately, it was the third disappointing meal in 4 weeks. We live 2 blocks from Room 39 and try to eat there regularly, but probably not much longer. The portions are getting smaller and the quality more spotty. I'll only relate about today's experience.
We had Chicken Pastilla today, which is a Moroccan inspired pastry with almonds. The portion was maybe the size of a breakfast muffin accompanied by about 1/2 cup of overdressed greens. Nothing else. 10 bucks. It was served cold. It would have been much more enjoyable warm ( and much less expensive) but it was flavorful, even cold. About half the tables around us were getting bread before their food. For some reason, only some tables got bread. We didn't.
We also ordered a cup of butternut squash soup, again, barely warm, and a house salad that was supposed to have roasted beets. There were probably 4 one inch squares of beets and the salad was over dressed. We couldn't really asked to have anything re-fired. Our server never came back once the food was dropped. We think that this third time was the charm that will prevent us from going back and from recommending Room 39 to others.
The worst part was dessert. We wanted to order dessert, because our portions were so small we were still hungry. The server dropped our ticket and THEN asked if we wanted to hear about dessert. Yes, we said, so he rather impatiently took our ticket back and told us about dessert. We ordered the mini cookie plate, which we were told would have a chocolate chip cookie, a peanut butter cookie, a spice bar, an almond cookie and a homemade marshmallow with chocolate sauce. What was served was a very over done, dry chocolate chip cookie, a very over done, dry spice bar, a dry almond tart sort of thing with a jarred maraschino cherry on top and a nice marshmallow with a very ordinary chocolate sauce. No peanut butter cookie was detected. Getting a coffee refill was next to impossible.
Don't know what's going on there, hope they get it together.