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Legal's Test Kitchen Seaport review - LONG

willowb | Jun 19, 2006 04:07 PM

Went for dinner last night with four people. Unfortunately, disappointed all around - service was friendly but completely inept & the food was fine, but absolutely nothing special or interesting about it.

We arrived around 6:30pm and there was a wait of 40 minutes inside, so we sat outside - there was a nice breeze, so the heat wasn't bad.

Maybe being outside doomed us from the start, but from there on in we waited...and waited...and waited. For our menus, for a waitress, for our drinks (the 2 beers first, a few minutes later the water arrives, and AT LEAST 5 minutes later the bottle of wine we ordered showed up!). We had to flag someone down to order, as well as to refill water glasses - every time! We searched out the waitress to order a 2nd bottle of wine, which took nearly 10 minutes to arrive at the table - by that point, we probably shouldn't have even opened it, as our meal was fully wound down... Extremely frustrating!

As for the food, nothing totally offensive, but certainly nothing impressive.
Grilled Calamari: (asked for the hot vinegar pepper sauce, rather than the balsamic, which we got, but there was NO heat to it) kind of rubbery, but that's calamari :-)
Tuna Sashimi: the one standout of the meal. Tender & very good, great sauce
Angry Lobster: UGH. double UGH. They didn't mention that it was fried on the menu (isn't it usually steamed?). And there was NOTHING angry about this lobster - no spice or heat at all. The most boring $24 lobster dish I've had in a very long time...
Two of us did the 'create your own dish':
One did the tuna, asked for it grilled & as rare as possible, with sides of fries & spinach. It was fully (fully!) cooked, and he never received his sides until we asked for them 30 minutes into the meal.
The other had the sole, asked for it baked with the shandong sauce on the side, as well as spinach & broccoli. The fish came a) fried & b) with a butter sauce ON IT... And it took some convincing to get them to understand the problem! The second try came out correctly, but didn't seem like the best quality fish. And, to continue on the theme, the shandong sauce had zero spice and LOTS of sugar. yech.

So, we tried it and probably won't be back - as others have said, they will be busy just due to location & the PR machine hyping the 'technology' but they've got lots of other kinks to work out.

There was one redeeming spot to the night - we did have a fabulous Italian wine!

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