In a word, swill.
Back story: New large office tower planned for the complex. Demolition of two small office towers, theatre, and 8 small cafes/restaurants at the Century Plaza scheduled. All small restaurants evicted.
One new catering facility erected involving multi-station food court and restaurant run by Patina Group.
Which should be a good thing, except the food here is so consistently bad that it makes me seriously wonder if Joachim Splichal is in a secret pact with the Devil to steal this hound's soul.
So far I have eaten at least seven lunches all the while trying to find something, anything that was palatable. I like the Patina group, right? at least in theory? I have had good meals at Patina and have fond memories of Café Pinot when I worked downtown.
What is this fresh, tasteless, mealy, bland hell?
The good: Surprisingly modest pricing. Steamed rice. Beets, bacon, frisee in the salad bar.
The bad: Everything else I have tasted, including a revolting carbonized hamburger, dry, tough French fries, various salad bar toppings, and a "green papaya" salad that, no joke, tasted like air. Pastries are all tough. There is a lotal lack of spice.
The ugly: Something called "sweet and pungent pork" which is one of the worst things I have eaten in years. How can they even make something so badly fried? I was briefly fascinated by the guacamole because although prepared with ripe avocados it is so crunchy and foul that I dissected it to discover the secret ratio of 1:2:3 cilantro: avocado: red onion. Frou-frou restaurant descriptions for crummy food.
Most of the employees seem to be trying hard but if you observe them, it is pretty clear none of them have any restaurant experience. Maybe the recipes are good and the execution is off. Maybe the secret pact is, in fact, in place. Who knows?
Either way, swill. Avoid if at all possible.