So I decided to go to X2O for restaurant week, and I have to say it was so disappointing. I've heard mixed reviews from family and friends, but I thought restaurant week would give me a good opportunity to try it.
I had the Jerusalem Artichoke Veloute, which was okay. The taste was pretty nice, but I felt like the serving was a little too much, as I was practically full once I was finished with it. My boyfriend wound up getting the asparagus flan. I thought it was okay. I just didn't like the idea of the shrimp with it (I know it is supposed to create a different texture and such, but something just seemed "off" with it to me). It seemed like the rock shrimp were poorly sliced and just thrown on the plate next to the flan.
I went with the Chatham Cod. By far this was the worst entree I have had in awhile. It tasted so bland. I felt like I was being served a bowl of air. The breadcrumbs on top of the fish just made it very dry and dull. There was no flavor to it at all. My boyfriend got the pork loin, which left much to be desired. The pork was tough, the sauce was pretty bland. The "jalapeno" polenta had no jalapeno flavor to it at all.
The desserts were okay. The white and dark chocolate timbale had way too much cream surrounding it. I felt like the dessert was drowning in it. My boyfriend had the creme brulee, as the other options were of no interest to him. It was alright. The presentation was pretty awful. The taste was alright I suppose.
The worst part of the experience had to be the service. I appreciate when waitstaff is attentive, but they just seemed to push the limit. I could count at least 5 different people that came over to ask how everything was. It just gets really annoying after the second or third time, especially when you are there to relax and have a nice meal and conversation. We felt so rushed too. As soon as we finished our appetizers, our entree was handed to us. I felt even worse for the two women next to us. Their desserts were brought out, and when they were halfway through with them someone finally brought over their coffees.
I honestly could not wait to get out of there. I am glad, however, that I did get to finally try X2O, but I definitely plan to keep spending my money elsewhere.
I hope that the restaurant was just having an "off day" or something like that, but I was just not impressed at all, and I am really surprised by all of the great reviews.
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