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disappointed at Rx (long)


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disappointed at Rx (long)

jess | Apr 15, 2004 12:57 PM

i went to Rx last night about 6pm (before a film festival movie at the bridge) and was pretty disappointed.
for drinks we had ginger ale (came in it's plastic bottle with a glass of ice) and i had ginger tea, which was excellent, a little sweet, with actual ginger in the bottom.
my friend and i shared a baked brie appetizer. this was probably the best thing we had, nice salad of thin-sliced apple (there could have been more), sliced almonds, greens and a nice sort of sweet (maybe honey) vinaigrette topped with a descent portion of phylo crusted brie. The brie had a bit too much "rind" flavor, but overall the dish was pretty good. it was served by the owner to us, and without any sharing plates. we didn't have any bread plates either (i guess they forgot to set them) so we just reached and tried not to spill to much.
then we had the pan fried trout, and the rib eye. they both were mediocre at best. i think the trout was not freshest it could be. i'm not 100% sure, but there was definitely an off-flavor that affected the whole dish. in addition, it was served with undercooked scalloped potatoes and very musty (not always a bad thing, but this time it was) sautéed spinach. in addition, everything on the plate was a bit spicy. i'm not sure if it was intentional or not, but the spiciness didn't complement the other flavors at all. also, the trout was relatively "bony". in any case, i didn't love it. the server was busy, and i'm not that aggressive of a customer, so i didn't complain, but i didn't really enjoy it.
As for the rib eye, we ordered it medium rare, it came medium well. now to be fair, it was only 3/4 inch thick, so it's hard to do a true medium rare, but pink would have been nice. the steak came with bland roasted potatoes and significantly underdone green beans (i like crispy but these were raw). the steak itself, while very tender, didn't allow me taste the true flavor of the meat. i think it was over marinated or possibly just over sauced, but there was hardly any "steak" flavor. that being said, the morel mushroom sauce had very little "mushroom" flavor either. in general the dominant flavors were sort of red wine vinegary (like a marinade or something). the dish was bland overall.
we skipped dessert, as the place (7:30) was now crowded and very noisy and difficult to relax in. all in all, the food was not as good as i make at home (well the brie was pretty good), the service was uninspired (our server had a certain insincerity to her attitude which seemed out of place in such a small straight forward kind of place), and the atmosphere was not terribly comfortable either. out of ten i would say, 4 or 5 maybe. i had heard good things, so maybe this was just an off night?

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