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Merediths in Berwyn

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Merediths in Berwyn

rumdrinks | Dec 8, 2005 08:34 AM

Went last night, table of four. It was my first time there. Atmosphere was warm, cozy, and inviting and smells from the kitchen wafted into the dining room. two young fellows were playing jazz guitar. I give it an A for atmosphere.

And then on to a B-/C+ for food. I started with paper thin Tuna wrapped around mixed greens (huh? yeah) with a boring dressing - too much of it. two others had the signature salad with cranberries and gorgonzola - looked good. the 4th had crispy calamari but was doused/swimming in a mildly spicy orangey sauce (think weird version of general tso's sauce). Calamari itself was good. Although, bizarre thing - the (very friendly) waitress came to our table and said she asked the kitchen to re-do the first order of calamari saying that it wasn't done. I wasn't sure how i felt about that and was nervous that it'd come back nearly petrified. Alas, the actual squid, when it finally arrived at the table was OK.

Dinner - I had a crab cake with generous lumps of crab and a way too generous mixture of some dried herb which I just couldn't figure out....and grilled polenta that was terribly dry. Broccoli rabe was good and crisp and garlicky. tried the butter fish with mango salsa from someone elses plate - butter fish was off, not bad, but off - a bit dry and just not tasty. Mangos weren't ripe. Risotto underneath was WAY WAY WAY heavy, too heavy, but good. 4th diner had the beef wellington which I thought was nice - a decent piece of meat, cooked to temperature, mushroom sauce fantastic.

Desserts are not made in house but the pumpkin cognac cheesecake, while slightly frozen, wasn't bad. Both desserts ordered came with a dollop of cool whip, unless the kitchen knows how to make cool whip from scratch.

Seems they are trying too hard in the kitchen. I might give them another shot. might not.

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