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Iron Abbey in Horsham


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Iron Abbey in Horsham

janiceliv | Apr 14, 2009 06:52 PM

A friend and I tried Iron Abbey for the first time tonight. The bar was well appointed, but not overdone -- nicer than your average bar, but nothing spectacular. The beer selection, however, was incredible -- any beer I could think of -- including my favorite, Chimay, was available, some in different varieties. The beer menu was descriptive and would be helpful to people wanting to experiment with different ones. The food, however, was a letdown. We were very excited to order the Sweet Potato Beignets, but were told by our waiter upon ordering that they were no longer available -- the chef who had originally designed the menu had since left Iron Abbey and the new chef was unable to prepare that appetizer. So, we ordered the Guilho Shrimp, the Grilled Calamari, and the Cheese Plate. The shrimp were plentiful, fresh, and tasty -- small shrimp coated with garlic, olive oil, and a dash of hot sauce. The cheese plate was also good -- plenty of cheese, crackers, and grapes, with a date sauce for dipping. While the menu stated we could pick three cheeses, the waiter told us we could not, but in any case, the cheese was tasty, and while not too exotic, -- a mix of cheddar, gouda, and pepperjack -- it was good. Our third appetizer -- the Grilled Calamari, was just plain awful. The calamari were soggy, tasteless, and seemed as though they had been prepared the day before and barely reheated to room temperature when they were served. My friend and I each had one and then couldn't eat any more. The salad they were served on top of was fresh but still nothing stellar, and while the menu had stated watercress, we actually received arugula. However, the aoili it was served with was tasty. For our entree we decided to share the Carne na Pedra -- thinly sliced sirloin that we cooked on a hot lava rock brought to our table. When we ordered the waiter did not ask us what sides we wanted. He came back a few minutes later to find out which ones we'd like, but we had no menus so we asked him what was available. He said he had no idea and went to get a menu. When he returned, he could not find the page that listed that sides. He quickly thought of two sides -- mashed potatoes and asparagus -- and we said those would be fine. When the entree arrived, the meat was fine -- what we expected, fresh, nothing out of this world, but good. The asparagus was steamed well but had little flavor. The mashed potatoes were something else -- they had NO flavor. The consistency was like paste and the taste resembled flour mixed with water -- barely any taste at all, almost completely neutral. As a side note, when we got our menus back to order dessert, which we wound up not getting, we noticed that asparagus and mashed potatoes were not the only sides -- there were many other sides we could have chosen from and would perhaps have enjoyed more. It would have been helpful to know those prior to ordering! Overall, I would return for the beer menu and get a few snacks, but I will not be having dinner there again.

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