Went to Patina for my second time for lunch today. Horrible. Had half a dozen oysters, which were served over a ton of salt, perhaps to cover up the fact that they were not fresh. Yuck. Worse, one type of oysters that was served was incredibly bad. It was overly briny and almost sour. So gross I couldn't eat the second one. The other ones were barely palatable. Now, several hours later, I haven't quite been fully food poisoned, but I definitely had a few onslaughts of stomach nausea.
The salmon I ordered was also bad. It was supposed to have a crunchy layer of skin, but instead, the skin was so chewy I couldn't even cut it with my knife. It just slid off my salmon like a piece of rubbery plastic. The last time I came here, I had a piece of my friend's salmon and it was wonderful. How disappointing.
Consistency is key. I can deal if a restaurant is consistently bad. I'm ecstatic if it's consistently good. And I'm not unreasonable; as long as they stay within a reasonable range, I'll be happy enough.
But in my mind, to throw a curve ball as Patina did today is unforgivable.