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10 Tables in J.P. (Lengthy)


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10 Tables in J.P. (Lengthy)

I like to eat well | Mar 6, 2003 05:29 PM

I was trying to see if anyone had discussed this place yet but couldn't find it. I went for the first time on a whim the other night with a friend. I hate to bash a place that is cool and small and friendly and really trying, but I have to say I had a less then good experience there. Getting reservations and service were not a problem. The menu looks good, and the atmosphere is cool, tiny (yes there are 10 tables) and an open kitchen which I always like. I ordered a glass of pinot noir. I was shocked but too embarrassed to say anything when it arrived, it was the smallest pour I think I have ever received. I decided to keep my mouth shut. When I took my first sip it was cold, I assume that they stored the wines in an unheated part of the restaurant and since it was freezing out, the wine was cold as well. Next came the appetizer. Honestly I can't even remember what it was, I think kale and something else in a cheese sauce (it was that unimpressive). Then for a main course I had a gnocchi dish with several different kinds of onions in a light broth. The gnocchi were completely flavorless and all of the onions were burned. My dining companion had a T-bone steak (minus the bone) and said it was pretty good. I could not help but tell the waitress (who I soon learned was the owner) that I was dissatisfied with the food. She was very nice about it and apologized and took my entree off the bill. It seems like a great concept and they are trying to do all the right things, but the food was just not good. Also one of the chefs came out of the kitchen a few times to serve dishes to people which I think is kind of a nice touch when the chefs whites are white, but this guy was grungy looking and should not have left the kitchen. So I am sorry to say, I have to give thumbs down to 10 Tables. I hope they can work it out or they were just having a rough night. Has anyone else had a good or bad experience there?

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