Wow, I did not think Galileo III could possibly be that bad but it really was. Roberto Donna was even in the kitchen and the food was still very average.
I had a veal tenderloin with winter root vegetables which the waiter said was really fantastic. It tasted ok but I was surprised when I hit a patch of grit when I bit into one of the root vegetables (I couldn't recognize what it was unfortunately). I wouldn't have said anything but my subsequent 4 bites also had grit (one of the vegetable accompaniments was obviously not cleaned enough). At this point, I asked the waiter to bring back to the kitchen.
This is one of the times when a chef should not have an open kitchen because the sous chef was certainly not pleased, seeing as he threw his arms in the air in total disgust. They brought out a menu and asked me what I'd like instead of the veal dish because the chef said I probably didn't like the pepper that was in the dish (Pepper even when coarsely ground is nowhere near the grit that I was dealing with). I said fine and asked for the rockfish that my wife had and they promptly forgot to bring out my new entree (it didn't come out until everyone's entrees had been finished for about 10 min. Mind you I notified the server within 3-4 bites into my entree). On top of that, when they brought my new entree, it was not even the same dish I ordered. It had polenta and tomato sauce whereas my wife's dish had sunchoke puree and roasted mushrooms. Talk about using the cheapest leftover ingredients you could find...Galileo III - Thanks for making me feel like you didn't care about my food. At that point, I was done with bringing up my issues with the staff because the rest of my family was already long done with their entrees and were ready for dessert.
It's really sad. I remember the days when Galileo (II) was one of the best restaurants in DC. It's clear that Galileo III has a long way to go to reach that level.
(The other dishes we had that night were decent but nothing to write home about...Which is why I didn't write about them.)
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