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Carve - Mixed Review

Philber | Feb 27, 2012 01:41 PM

In a quick search I didn’t find any Hound reviews for Carve so……

My in-laws were in town again and wanted to get prime rib. Not being a prime rib fanatic, I didn’t have an off the top of my head recommendation based on personal experience. After a bit of on-line research we decided to try Carve at the East Side Cannery. It had received very favorable reviews on several sites. Reservations were made using Open Table, corkage was confirmed at $15/bottle and the dress code was described as “casual”. We were promptly greeted and seated in a dimly lit dining room.

We had looked over the on-line menu prior to arrival and had pretty much made up our minds by the time we sat down. The bread basket arrived and there was a nice selection of breads to include walnut, pretzel, whole grain, a flat bread and some sliced french baguettes. The bread was good, not great, but good. We ordered the following: Calamari ($8), Carve Salad ($6), Lobster Bisque ($8), Onion Soup ($6), Prime Rib ($19 – 12 oz; $24 – 16 oz.; $29 – 20 oz.) and Chicken Marsala ($18).

The soups, salad and calamari were promptly served. The soups were both very good; the bisque had a velvety texture and wonderful flavor; the onion had a very deep flavor and was not overly salty with lots of stringy cheese – our daughter loved it. The salad was adequate as was the calamari. The calamari was well prepared, but served with two sauces that didn’t do much for it (cocktail and caper aioli). My wife ranked the dish as “average” at best. Four of us ordered the prime rib and the serving size varied from 12 oz “Junior” to the 20 oz “Colossal”. All were ordered medium rare. Two of us opted for the baked sweet potato, while the other two went with the mashed potatoes and baked potato option (no additional charge for the side). A grilled tomato was also served with each prime rib dinner. My first serving was more “medium/medium well” but the waiter promptly brought out a very large replacement at the requested temperature. Overall, the prime rib was “good”, but certainly not one of the better pieces of meat I have eaten. My in-laws both commented on the meat being “a bit tough” and none of us cared for the au jus. The au jus was more of a sauce, very thick and over powering in flavor. We were offered both raw horseradish and horseradish cream. The Chicken Marsala was again “average” and served with pasta. The pasta was overcooked and appeared to have been cooked for quite some time prior to serving. We had a dessert at home, so none was ordered.

As a side note, our server (Roy) was top notch. He knew the menu well and was very attentive. In addition, the wait staff overall was very quick to fill water glasses and clear away plates. My only negative observation was that some of the wait staff was not as well trained as they could have been (e.g. reaching across a plate to pick up an empty rather than going to the other side of the diner).

The pricing was about what I expected for an off-strip casino steakhouse, but the quality fell short when compared to some meals I have eaten at Station locations.

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