We had a meal the other night at what was Gravy and I guess is now 'Big Trout' -- BIG waste of time, absolutely terrible. Now I know people on CH love to bash his restaurants but I'm actually not one who does it. I've had a pleasant time on occasion at Pacifico (not always, but at least 50% of the time). I've had both good and bad pizza at his pizza place. I like Patois. I love his wine bar (I think he co-own Black Mountain?).
Anyway, getting back to the bad meal. The waitress was slow and not very friendly. The mussel starter was 'okay'. They werent among the tastier mussels I've had. There was no bread .. and when we asked for some, it was quite obviously a bun from a lobster roll that has been quickly sliced up. Not a trainwreck of a dish, but not good either. Then came the entrees.
I had the jambalaya which was among the worst I've ever had. First of all, beans have no place in jambalaya in my opinion or experience (or in the one I cook). The rice was gummy. There wasnt enough tomato. The seafood tasted like it came from frozen. It wasn't remotely spicy or flavorful. Pretty gross. I ate about 4 forkfuls before giving up.
My husband had a filet (prob not the best place to ask for a filet but none of the entrees sounded very appealing) -- it came as two slices of meat, each just shy of an inch thin, on top of each other with very undercooked potatoes between the slices. And covered with onion rings. I'll never understand why some kitchens think its cool to cover every veritable inch of their plate with fries or onion rings, burying the contents...unless maybe they're embarrassed by the contents. It wasnt the worst piece of meat....it had a little flavor, was cooked to the requested temp (medium in this case), and was somewhat tender.
The waitress, when asked for a check, didnt seem interested in why I hadnt touched my meal. So when she came back I had no choice but to point out it was a very bad jambalaya...to which (and it was like a Gordon Ramsey kitchen nightmares moment, I swear) she told me that she was really surprised, NO ONE had EVER disliked the dish. Anyway, she asked if I wanted the dish taken off our bill, to which I said sure, if you think that's the appropriate thing to do.
I should add, the table next to us had a small fire start in a basket on their table (I think they tipped a candle)....the service is so unaware that they ended up putting out the roaring fire themselves...a waitress only came up to their table a minute after it went out.
Stay far away.