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X2O...dashed expectations!

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X2O...dashed expectations!

frank113 | Aug 11, 2007 06:04 AM

Went to X2O last night expecting a Peter Kelly experience...did not get it at all. Things started on the wrong foot when my drink order came out wrong. Twice. And a second drink just never arrived. Very nice menu but the food didn't live up to the menu's descriptions. Ordered the fish chowder. It came with a fussy presentation: the server placed oyster crackers in the soup bowl and then poured the soup into the bowl from a small white "teapot." The soup was tepid. Sent it back. The same bowl was returned. The soup was hotter but the crackers were now soggy. Maybe a whole new soup would not have been too much trouble? Ordered the tuna app. on the captain's suggestion. Didn't like it. Would have thought a replacement might have have been offered. Nope. Berkshire Black Hog mignon was cooked way past medium, past well and just into the over-cooked zone. Dry and tasteless. Great gingered sweet pot. and vibrant green beans were of some consolation. Asked for some wine advice about a perhaps too-young 2003 Prunaio. Was told that it should be fine since "it's made from sangiovese grapes. Same as a chianti. And chianti is fine after 4 years." Not a good sign when Prunaio and chiantis are equated. Went with a '99 Barolo which was so good that I didn't even mind having to pour most it myself. The service, for the most part, was well-intentioned but inept. The place was fully booked out so I'm sure the staff was over-extended. Waited way too long to get the check and then to have it taken. The captain was great when he asked how we enjoyed the evening and we told him that we didn't and why we didn't. Some adjustments were made to the bill which we appreciated it but we would have appreciated a real P.K. night more. Needs work!

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