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Valentine dinner at Gargoyles on the Square

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Valentine dinner at Gargoyles on the Square

bee | Feb 16, 2007 03:43 PM

This was not worth the slog through the slush. With a kid on the way we thought we’d splurge on their somewhat pricey set holiday menu and make sure we had a romantic meal. It did not feel romantic – we waited for very long periods of time in between our three courses, which seemed unnecessary with such a small menu. At one point a waiter holding several desserts asked us if we’d gotten our entrée yet, like he was going to plonk down a dessert in front of us if we had.

We started with the white brioche-shaped bread rolls they brought, which were actively bad. They tasted like they’d been frozen. Then we had a “Not So Simple Ceasar Salad” with hamachi for two. I thought it was pretty simple, myself. The hamachi pieces were seared, fresh enough, but lacking in that buttery texture I hoped for. There were thin bits of an aged dry orange cheddar I think was called Mimolette, and some supposedly “truffled” croutons that didn’t taste like much along with a not at all artfully arranged vertical stack of romaine leaves with the dressing interspersed. It was meant to be creative, but seemed silly and almost slapdash.

Then we had the short rib for two. This was cozy and a large portion, but had no depth. It was the bulk of our meal and it was bland. The mashed potatoes were quite nice, but y’know, they were mashed potatoes. The broccoli rabe was fine but unmemorable and the four little fried oysters that came on it were a bit arbitrary, but tasty.

This was followed by a chocolate dessert plate for two, which was the most remarkable of the items we had. It included some interesting turtles, white chocolate truffles, delicious white and chocolate dipped strawberries, and another item I’m forgetting.

It felt very production line-ish rather than romantic, and the food was just good, not anything that seemed special. It didn’t feel like a $60/each meal. I don’t know if we ordered poorly or shouldn’t expect much for high volume set menus, but I was disappointed.

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