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Kitchen K - Downtown St. Louis

Sean | Jun 20, 200610:09 PM

Don't Bother - A review of Kitchen K, 1000 Washington Ave St Louis, MO 63101

My friends and I had passed the Kitchen K many times on our way to other St. Louis eateries. As business travelers we’re pretty jaded when it comes to dining out, so when we saw the pretentious atmosphere exuded by this restaurant, we weren’t impressed – but we had rather high expectations.

Like so many other things in St. Louis, the Kitchen K aspires to be something more than it is. On the outside, it appears to be the kind of trendy, upscale eatery you might find in any tier-two city (such a place would be laughable in a major metropolis, though). However, it was apparent as soon as we were greeted that this restaurant lacks the grace often associated with a fine culinary experience.

We were immediately ushered to the bar area (“the service is much better in here,” our waiter said), which was not only noisy and smoky, but missing the linens present in the main dining area. We ordered our appetizers and entrees at the same time, and then proceeded to wait almost 30 minutes before any food appeared (so much for “better service”). When our apps finally arrived (a curry shrimp dish and crab cakes), they were acceptable but lukewarm – the draught beer we ordered was warmer than they were. We were only halfway finished with them when our entrees were shoved in their place.

I had ordered a “truffled butter ribeye” medium, and it arrived well done; and lukewarm. My friend’s “blue corn dusted sea scallops” were mediocre and slightly overcooked. The waiter was kind enough to take our apps off the bill when confronted, but our total was still almost $60 for two people. Given the inattentive service and rather ordinary food, it was almost as overpriced as a gallon of Premium.

Overall, the Kitchen K is a gastronomical and fiscal disappointment. Head over to Busch Stadium and have a hot dog while catching the game – you’ll be much happier.

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