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Palo Santo--sorry, I've got some gripes


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Palo Santo--sorry, I've got some gripes

famdoc | Nov 5, 2006 02:43 AM

Dinner at Palo Santo this evening.
Seated immediately at 6:20 PM.
Grilled endive salad with roasted red chilis and goat cheese: quite tasty
Beet and green bean salad: taste of beets hidden by excessive red wine vinaigrette (the same vinaigrette that appears on several other dishes on the menu)
Grilled sea bass (branzino, sea bream, whatever you call it): generous portion.
Described by waitress as being served over purple potatoes and green beans.
Found a single slice of potato, several green beans and a colorful radish. Waitress asked if all was okay..we pointed out absence of potatoes. She offered to bring some more potatoes.
More on this later.
Sides: tortillas: smoky and tasty..nice accompaniment to veggies.
seasonal veggies: kale with that red wine vinaigrette (this time, just enough to allow kale to come trhough).
Roasted plantain: very good.

Check arrived: $3 added for those potatoes. Asked waitress if she meant to charge us for the potatoes. She seemed embarrassed but indicated the chef told her to charge for them. Her explanation: the other diners were receiving similarly sparse servings of potatoes.
Sorry, but this seemed petty. For a new restaurant to charge an extra 3 bucks for what should have been a comp is risking much more than 3 bucks in future income.

They're still BYOB, so buy a nice Malbec before coming.
I'm gonna give them another chance, but hope they're more lighthanded with that red wine vinaigrette and don't charge for a plate they offered as a comp.

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