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Downtown Atlantic disappointment

Nehna | Feb 2, 200806:56 AM

Well it's taken us nearly 4 years in the neighborhood to finally get around to going, despite various people telling us how good it was.

Well last night, after a couple of drinks at Deity, and esp with the rain hammering down as it was, we decided to pop in. I still really dont like the decor of the place, and I think it's why I usually don't decide to go. there's something a little depressing about the dining room, that I can't put my finger on. Maybe it's the lighting?

Anyway, we were seated promptly as the bar was more busy with jersey clad football fans than the dining room which was maybe half full, maybe a little more than that.

Service was bad. I only spotted two waiters, so it could have been an understaffing thing. But inordinately long waits went between ordering drinks and getting them (and we were off the alcohol at dinner, having just come from a bar, so this was a wait for cokes). And then long waits between the two courses, and a huge wait for the bill.

We shared a special of mussels to start with. They were pretty plump, which was nice. But the sauce was unremarkable.

For mains, he had another special of fish and chips and I had their pulled pork sandwich. maybe it's unfair to judge the fish and chips, him being a brit and all, but it wasn't good at all. The fries were overcooked and very stiff. The fish was one rectangular piece that was more breaded than it was battered, and the breading wouldnt stay on the fish..meaning the breading ended up in a limp pile by half way through the dish, and the fish had a cloying outside on it, from whatever was supposed to keep the breading on. It was also served with their 'version' of tarter sauce, which was actually not remotely like tarter sauce. It was like an odd take on a curry sauce, which satisfied neither my husband, nor the man at the table next to us, who was much more vocal about his displeasure ;)

The pork, which I'd been told was one of their best dishes, was better but still not great. It was tender, but I found it to be oversauced with the sweet bbq sauce...which meant I couldn't really taste the pork, and the sauce became overpowering by half way through the dish. Same lousy fries. I think we both left half our dishes untouched.

Anyway, it's one less place we've been "meaning to go to", but I can't see rushing back there.much as I hate to judge a place by one mediocre meal.

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