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Menu Fraud Epidemic Rant - Capellini San Mateo

RWCFoodie (Karen) | Feb 10, 200401:13 AM

Tonight we experienced yet another example of Menu Fraud. I know this has been going on for years but I'm naively amazed each time it happens. I can see some artistic license in describing a dish but this seemed ridiculous. Here's the deal: One of the "Specialies of the house" is described as: Branzino (aka blue nosed sea bass) baked with walnut pesto topping served over wild mushrooms and corn. Now when I see "wild mushrooms" I think I'm going to probably see the more domesticated types like Shitake, Oyster, etc. at the very least and maybe even some chantrelles or morels. I don't expect to see approx 8 (count em, 8) halves of small Cremini, that means 4 crummy domestic grocery store mushrooms! This dish was priced at $20.95. $125 later for the two of us with only one cocktail and one glass of wine seemed exorbidant for a mediocre at best meal. Why did we go there? We had a gift cert. for $100 that had been sitting around for literally a couple of years! Was anything good? Yes, a first course of baked oysters with spinach and a pernod flavored bechamel was good and seemed like a decent buy at $13.95 for 6. My dessert, a lemon-lime torte with a caramelized topping like creme brulee garnished with a pool of raspberry puree and a glob of softly whipped cream was also quite nice at $6.50. Oh, I forgot something: back to the mediocre; a Ceasar salad ordered to be split came out on one plate that we had to scoop servings off of that included several pieces of brown stalks that never should have left the kitchen. Ristorante Capellini is a nice looking place but I doubt that we'll be back anytime soon...

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