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Le Metro......What Gives?

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Le Metro......What Gives?

constanela | May 14, 2005 03:15 PM

We moved into the Western Addition 3 months ago. Last week, to our delight, we stumbled upon Le Metro (on Divisadero), went in and had what turned out to be a fantastic dinner. I had a generous glass of Malbec, a delicious navy bean soup, devine lamb noisettes accompanied by perfectly cooked asparagus and a scrumptious potato gratin. My dining partner was equally impressed with her steak on frites....we felt as if we were in Paris in the corner bistro across from the apartment we rented. I raved to friends and coworkers all week.

Yesterday, after saving calories and whetting our appetitites for a full week, we returned. This time, we had one of the worst dinners we have ever ordered anywhere. I had french onion soup that was so alcoholic I felt like should have been drinking it out of a shot glass. My steak (ordered medium) was overcooked and grisly to the point that I could barely cut it with my knife. The baby bok choy that came with my shoe leather (er, steak) had been stir fried with something so acrid that I only had one bite, but the smell of it wafted up from my plate and thus I could taste it via my sense of smell throughout the rest of the meal. I was only able to eat my french fries. My partner ordered the special; seared ahi tuna on a salad of purple potatoes, asparagus and red peppers. The salad was fine, but skimpy. The ahi had a burned sesame seed crust of about one millimeter....the rest was sashimi.....literally ice cold in the middle. If we had wanted sushi, we would have gone to a sushi bar.

Has anyone had any experience with this restaurant? Is it normally bad and we hit it on a good night or, conversely, is it normally delicious and we had an off-night yesterday? I'm posting because this was a SERIOUSLY bad meal and a complete waste of $70. But we'd hate completely write it off, never to return, if our first night's meal is the more typical experience. Thanks, fellow chowhounds!

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