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david greggory: a report

turtle park | Jul 12, 2003 02:05 PM

I ate at David Gregory last night with a few friends and I am kind of torn about it. On one hand, the menu is really artful and creative and sometimes over the top like "caramel oysters with tapioca pearls and strawberry mignonette". I like the theatre and comedy weaved into the menu and I guess David Hagedorn is the genius behind that. Also, the physical menu is beautiful, each with a different print (signed by the artist) inserted in the front.

Unfortunately, not a single food item that I tried followed through with the description: the crab cake was so over-mayonnaised that I couldn't taste the crab; the steak was drenched in some mysterious raw-spice-tasting sauce with drenched potato. yech! Maybe this is the Greggory Hill side of the enterprise, I don't know. And the rabbit sounds amazing but when it arrived it was like a big brown glop on the plate and the sauce was so concentrated and salty it was painful to eat. Oh well. Maybe they're still trying to work out the kinks in the food.

The interior is definitely an after-work, happy hour joint, that is a bit cold, with hard edges and hard acoustics. Not exactly an intimate or romantic place. To be honest, I remember liking David Hagedorn's food at Trumpets a lot more.

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