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Bergamot - Mixed Feelings: Talented Chef, Miserly Portions


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Bergamot - Mixed Feelings: Talented Chef, Miserly Portions

opinionatedchef | Jul 5, 2012 08:44 PM

After reading some recent CH raves on Bergamot, the location successor to our much-loved EVOO, we returned tonight for dinner, a year plus from our last meal there. In general, the food was very good to 'Wow' but most portions were chintzy. The 'Wow' was the Potato Ricotta Ravioli with chanterelles , pork shoulder and tomato (a sauce almost like a thin light summery version of a bolognese, but the sweet nutty chanterelles took it to a whole other level.) My Love devoured his chicken w/ rich demi and pickled honmeji but it left him hungry, esp. after his app. - a wisp of a beet salad . (This skimpiness was particularly evident after a much more flavorful ,complex and generous beet salad the other night at the new Park in Harv Sq.) The shaved beef tongue dish was sooo disappointing; it just tasted like roast beef, with some greens. The 'Tempura' Wellfleet Oysters were served w/ a luscious accompanying sauce but I have to say I was shocked at the plate. I have eaten Wellfleets countless times at Neptune and Island Creek, so please tell me- since when did Wellfleets become dime sized? I can only guess that they took a single small Wellfleet and cut it in thirds. And I have to say that this version has finally pushed me over the edge to disclaim the usage of the word 'Tempura' on so many current menus. This coating (no Panko) was so hard (i.e. non-ethereal) that you needed some pretty strong teeth to get through it. A Japanese would have been horrified. Our last dish, the Triple Berry Shortcake, reeled us in, but again, the portion felt needlessly miserly ( medium sized and decent shortcake, but 1/3 of the berries and lemon cream needed for it.)

Service was o.k.; she seemed positive and attentive until we received our entrees, and after that, we were basically ignored and had to ask for her to be found on a few occasions. A normal 2 hr meal dragged on to 2 1/2 and left us antsy.

The dining room was pretty full for a Thurs. and I'm sure the neighborhood is happy to have a talented chef (Keith Pooler/ co-owner , with previous stints at Harvest, Casablanca, Ten Tables) follow on in EVOO/Peter McCarthy's former location. But for us, there just wasn't enough food to warrant those prices. As I was writing this, I started to think that maybe it's the effect of the relatively high cost of Farm to Table product , but then I realized that Oleana and Strip T's, for example, are both 'Farm to Table', but we haven't left either restaurant hungry and aware of a consistent stinginess. (YMMV and we are not of the slender persuasion.)

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