Recently ate at Grange, a new restaurant in Ann Arbor which claims to feature locally sourced ingredients and house-made charcuterie. My partner and I had a disappointing meal. What have been others' experiences?
I thought that the mistakes went beyond the usual working-out-of-kinks that we'd expect from a restaurant that has been open for a only few weeks. We ordered a house-made country terrine and pickled vegetables. It arrived to our table.... without the terrine. In hindsight, this might have been for the best. The terrine was very fatty and completely lacking in flavor.
For entrees, my partner ordered the pork loin with sausage and buckwheat dumplings, but was served what appeared to be a mangled pork steak, raw inside to boot. Farm to table is one thing, but please, a stop by the kitchen on the way to the table is recommended! I I had the halibut served with a seafood stew with house made chorizo that came highly recommended. The halibut was a dry square of fish, the broth inedibly salty. The chorizo in my dish, like the sausage in my partner's, had a dry, sawdust quality to it.
Was the kitchen having an off night or is this a typical experience at Grange? I was excited about the concept but disappointed by the execution on the night we ate there.