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TW Food - disappointing


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TW Food - disappointing

Sgt Snackers | | Dec 15, 2007 09:52 AM

We've been meaning to try TW Food for a while - finally had the chance recently. Overall I was very disappointed in the food; none of the dishes were remarkable, and a couple were just plain bad. I really wanted to like this place - they are close to our neighborhood, and I like the _idea_ of what they're trying to do. But at this price point I was expecting much, much more.

Starter of sausage which, I will admit, I did not realize would be *blood* sausage until it arrived (my fault for not reading "boudin noir" closely enough) - flavors were OK, a bit spicy, texture very mealy and soft. Soup of salsify with mushrooms was severely underseasoned, and served too cold to be appetizing. Main of grouse and pigeon "tourte" was a homogenous mass of meat inside pastry with very little to offset the texture or flavors. Roast pork leg and braised pork belly were, well, simply bad. The pork leg was dry, had absolutely no flavor, and to add insult to injury was served with an inedible ring of skin and fat still attached. I can't believe anyone tasted that dish and thought it was good. At $30 an entree this place can do much better.

At least three desserts seemed to be served in a pool of creme anglaise. The poached pear (which arrived refrigerator-cold) was stuffed with a "tube" of chocolate ganche that looked too much like something my dog would leave in the backyard. Profiteroles filled with chocolate ice cream were probably the high point of the meal. I was surprised that service was so slow and inattentive for a place with only 8 tables and 2 serving staff.

I like the concepts here but it feels like they are overreaching. They could do so much better by dropping some of the pretension and just focusing on cooking good food.