Couldnt get into Mercato and headed east, got a late table at the exhalted Django. One disappointing meal a few months ago made me shy away but dining companions wanted to try it so we sat down.
I have to say I do like that bread in the pot action, guess because it's warm.......!
Sadly that was the highlight of the meal.
The entire dinner was solidly underwhelming and sooooooooo not worth it.In fact it seems the restaurant cleverly uses menu redundancies to embellish what is essentially mediocre food. It really hurts to come to this conclusion since this is a 4 bell restaurant But here are the details...
MAINE JONAH CRAB CEVICHE, GRAPEFRUIT GELEE,CRUNCHY RADISH AND SPROUTS, COOL CHAMPAGNE and BASIL GRANITA.
Problems : The ceviche wasnt a ceviche at all, there was no discernible acidity from either citrus or vinegar present...plus Jonah crabmeat is a fully cooked commercial crabmeat which means it definitely isnt ceviche since its already cooked, isnt the point of ceviche to cook with vinegar or lime juice ?????.
Grapefruit "gelee" was completely absent, tons of radish though.
The flavor of the granita was like putting green water in an ice cream machine......green...but no flavor.
Do you really need to inform customers that the granita is "cool" ???
All in all a one dimensional dish and that may be generous.
MOREL MUSHROOM SOUP WITH BARLEY, MUSHROOM BROTH,HERBS,CREAMY BRIE CROUTONS..
Problems : Zero morel flavor or Essence which was all that more annoying since the menu reinforced that the mushroom soup also had mushroom broth...............Just bad.
HANDMADE BRAISED VEAL RAVIOLI WITH RICH RAGU OF VEAL. PARMESAN AND AROMATIC MIREPOIX, ROASTED GARLIC.
The actual dish in relation to the menu description was such a stretch it would be like calling an Ice skater an athlete.
There was nothing to distiguish the actual filling from the sauce, it really tasted like the filling and the sauce were exactly the same which is so disingenous.....
The aromatic "mirepoix" was true to form, celery onions and carrots...Yay !..exciting.
10 cheeses but strangely all accompaniments were sweet.
Some of the cheeses were "sweating" which means they had been out too long consequently, the flavors suffered.
I simply dont understand why people rave about this place, I guess to each his own.