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Don't believe the hype: Ramos House Cafe

holy chow | Sep 29, 200812:17 PM

Took the train down to San Juan Capistrano this weekend to hit Ramos House, tour the neighborhood and hit the mission. While two of the three were great, Ramos House was a miss. I know this will tread on some "foodie" gospel, but really it wasn't worth the price of admission.

The owner, John Q (or John Q Humpheres... whatever pretentious name he goes by) didn't acknowledge our party as he was chit chatting with others at the host's desk. We stood and waited for an uncomfortable period of time until he decided we were worth his time. At that point he lead us five steps onto the patio and pointed at a table, "take that one". Gee, special service.

We were seated for brunch (that is all they serve on weekends) and it is $35/head. The menu looked interesting enough and we both enjoyed first courses (white bean soup and basil cured salmon), however, upon receiving second course we both scratched our heads... Duck hash was lacking in anything resembling duck. Other than that it was marginal. She also had a hash, crab I think, and while it was good, we both thought that there were far too many elements of either dish to make them successful. It was like giving a three year old a box of crayons and telling them to color you a sky... way too many colors. Basically, it was my father's idea that it is all going in the same place, so you really can't taste one discernable item. It is like he took all of his best cooking technique and piled them on those plates which is a horrible idea.

I had a bloody mary, which was good, with the quail egg... which ran the charge for said bloody mary up to roughly $20. Now let me tell you, I've never once had a bloody mary worth $20 and this weekend was no different.

Not to mention that service, for the most part, was a bit off.

So after receiving the bill for $97 for two people for a two course brunch (mind you I've had cheaper breakfasts that were better at a 4 Seasons resort on Lanai), no extra drinks other than the bloody mary, we both decided that we wouldn't visit again. This place is seriously overated and the owner seriously ego inflated.

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