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Swan, what happened?

jayseeca | | Jul 25, 2008 04:21 PM

I had been to Swan before, and had a flawless meal with attentive and quick service, delicious and large portioned entrees.

Last night stopped by after Delux and Grace were booked... and, bad choice.
I think the waiter was new, as he slowly and intently read the specials off a piece of paper about 20 minutes after we were first seated.
Got the smoked trout stack, my sister didn't seem to mind it as much, but I found the whole dish underwhelming. Small amount of smoked trout slipped between dry johnny cakes, on top of a little pinch of salad.
Two of us ordered the grilled pork chop, and another the braised ribs. At first sight, the dish looked fine, but once I started digging in, I realized I didn't like any part of the dish (except the veggies). Hey pork chop was much larger than mine, and they were both overcooked and dry. The cornmeal cake was tasteless, and the sauce that was flooding our plates was extremely vinegary and to quote my sis, tasted like barf when eaten with the sweet potato mash.

I waved the host over, and she asked what I wanted to do about it. She obliged to take it back and give me a fresh order of the braised ribs. I appreciate them accommodating me, but her tone and facial expressions made me feel embarrassed for complaining.

I just found it odd that a standard dish on the menu was extremely disappointing and even difficult to eat - and trust me, I've freely eaten some not-so-good dishes.

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