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Bad winterlicious experience: Paese


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Bad winterlicious experience: Paese

doctorandchef | Jan 31, 2009 04:12 PM

A big fan of Paese during non-licious times, numerous good meals there until last night.

Had to wait over 50 minutes for a reserved table, not the fault of the restaurant as people lingered over their coffees and refused to call for the bill, nothing the staff can do. The host was very gracious about it and apologized politely.

Starters: Green salad with pomegranate seeds: Ok I suppose. Nothing to complain about.
Caesar salad: from my recollection Paese's Caesar tasted much better than this one which lacked acidity, saltiness and taste. plus it was over-dressed. oh well
Mushroom soup: heard from comments from the next table it was watery. Can't vouch for that.
I ordered off the regular menu, grilled calamari. Nicely done, not rubbery, swimming in a pool of olive oil sauteed spinach and sundried tomatoes. good contrast in flavors

Mains: Striploin steak. I think restaurants do themselves a HUGE disfavor by buying lower quality/cheap ingredients during such events. There really isn't much you can do to make a poor quality piece of beef taste like beef. Devoid of flavor despite grilled to desired doneness. What a waste of calories!
I ordered off the menu: spaghetti with chicken meatballs which was solid, went well with my glass of wine.
Other options include a pasta dish and a salmon stew, nobody tried them.

Dessert: Chocolate Mousse. Dense, cloyingly sweet (to my palate, not necessarily to others), but the texture was more brownie like than airy mousse-like. Pretty good chocolate though, not the mousse I had in mind.

Just a general comment to all 'licious restaurant participants, if your goal is to promote your restaurant so patrons come back in non 'licious times, try to make a good impression instead of focusing on getting through the event without losing money. It's generally accepted that these events aren't cash cows and staff hate working during these events, nevertheless you did sign up so show off the skill of the kitchen!

This experience reminds me why I haven't gone to a 'licious event in 3 years..... overcrowded restaurants, stressed out wait-staff, cheap ingredients in quick-fire dishes....

Now unfortunately it has put off my S.O. from coming to Paese in the near future, which is a real shame. I actually had a decent meal by ordering off the regular menu!

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