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The Hobbit - $180 per person a bit excessive...

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The Hobbit - $180 per person a bit excessive...

bottomlesspit | Dec 30, 2004 03:03 AM

for somewhat uninspired food, a completely fine-dining inexperienced (he had worked at Island's and then El Torito or something like that before coming to the Hobbit), albeit nice, server and 3 choices of wine (please don't ask which - I enjoyed them well enough, but I'm a complete wine hack).

1) Some sort of fish with an excellent spinach/parmesan? risotto. Again, the risotto was quite good, but I'm not a big fan of seafood with cheese. The fish was overcooked (to the point of being a little rubbery and starting to smell fishy) and then they threw in some blanched tomatoes which neither complemented the fish nor risotto and which were the product of such shabby knife work (they looked like they were hacked into chunks with a dull knife) that I wondered what purpose they could possibly serve...

2) Baby red leaf lettuce with what tasted like an oregano garlic vinaigrette topped with some Roquefort and boiled beets. Not horrible, but again made me question the wisdom in the combination of flavors, especially given the menu in its entirety.

3) Christmas Sorbet - (Same, tired ol') Orange, cranberry, holiday spice overkill - doesn't exactly cleanse one's palate.

4) Beef Wellington - The pastry was flat as a board, and the beef, while medium rare inside, was grayish on the outside, seeming to indicate that they had probably seared at too low a heat. No mushroom duxelle or anything other than a weak demi glace to provide any sort of flavor, notwithstanding the house made pate. I think Rachel Ray's 30 minute Wellington tastes better...

5) Chocolate Mousse roulade with a dry, flavorless chocolate sponge cake.

I go every Christmas for the sake of friendship (this is a friend's big annual holiday thing - obviously not hosted), and it pains me to spend an ever increasing amount on ever increasingly bland and uninspired continental food. I don't mind dropping $400/couple on a truly interesting and memorable dining experience, but this just gets sillier every year...

P.S. If you're curious, the prix fixe menu is actually only $85/person and somewhere in there is a requisite 18% gratuity, but even disregarding the price of our wine selections, I would not have paid $85 + tax and tip for this menu done this way.

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