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Twenty21 - Beautiful Space, Poor Food

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Twenty21 - Beautiful Space, Poor Food

schpsychman | Nov 23, 2003 10:12 PM

Wife and I ate at Twenty21 saturday night. Saw there website and read some reviews and all sounded good. It is a beautiful restaurant at 20th and Market with huge windows overlooking a courtyard with a fountain. We arrived early (5:30) to make it to a concert.

Our dinner started out with escargot that that did not taste fresh and were quite tough and chicken ravioli in a so-so blush tomato sauce, not a good start we thought, and it got worse.

Wife ordered filet mignon ($28) and I ordered pork wrapped in bacon ($23). The filet was ordered "medium" and when it came to the table looked burnt it was so charred. Upon pressing on it we could tell it was too underdone and upon cutting into it we saw that it was blood red. We asked to have it done more and our server apologized and returned it. It came back a different piece of meat (no cut) looking even more charred and just as rare inside. She decided to eat it and it tasted like it looked, burnt and charred. My pork was so salty that it was hard to eat at times and it too was too charred in places. It was accompanied by three little gnochi which were also grilled and charred as well (charred gnochi? now that's a new one). Our server noticed that my wife left a good portion on her plate and said "was that too burnt on the outside and underdone on the inside?" After commenting that the chef should have never served something that looked like that, she told us we would not be charged. The manager came over and apologized as well and said that desert was on them. These two handled the sitaution with tact, which helped a little.

Dessert was good but couldn't make up for a pretty lousy meal all the way around. It's a real shame that the food is so out of step with the surroundings, which really are quite nice (the bar area is very nice as well). I have e-mailed them at their website, lets see if I get a response.

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