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RW at Joseph Poon -- Scary

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RW at Joseph Poon -- Scary

Ellen | Jan 31, 2005 09:25 AM

This was my first meal at JP and I was looking forward to it. I'm very open to places that advertise "Asian fusion" and usually enjoy the results. The dinner we had on Friday night was bizarre and awful.

There was a single menu for restaurant week. The first course was "fish and chips" with salad. A dinner-size plate came filled with four or five kinds of fish fried in a medium-weight indifferent batter, some rice-flour chips, and a green salad with a ginger dressing. The fish was overcooked and a few pieces elicited eews from the table as they had a distincly fishy smell. A sweet chili dipping sauce helped to make the remainder edible. The salad was passable. This dish was a cute idea that was not executed particularly well.

The main course was a combination "surf and turf:" lobster and strip steak. The lobster was served on a bed of cous cous and the steak was served on a bed of root vegetables in an odd brown sauce whose spicing none of us could quite pin down. The entrees came spilling over the plate -- a huge amount of food piled together (on one of the plates they had forgotten to put a steak). The lobster clearly had been cooked earlier and kept warm. The steaks were cooked to order, although there was little difference between the medium rare and the medium well at our table. The lobster was sauced differently from the steak although the flavorings on both sides of the plate sort of blended together and clashed at the same time. It was very diffucult to get a handle of what we were eating from a spicing standpoint, but absolutely nothing worked -- on either side or in the "combination" zone. It was truly one of the nastiest meals I've ever been served in my life.

The third course was their "famous" almond cookies. I do recommend the almond cookies. They were tasty and got the taste of the other food out of my mouth.

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