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prune: downhill alert?


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prune: downhill alert?

yussdov | May 24, 2009 09:05 AM

has prune been going downhill? ate there last night and found it nowhere as good as it used to be. everything over salted and drowning in olive oil. the meat dishes were overcooked. the meat cuts served were tough and low-end, despite being priced at $25 an entree. sauces were watery. the salads were either overdressed or underdressed. the side dishes were too salty and yet somehow flavorless. the whole fish was drenched in oil and way over salted. in general, the menu seemed like a fall/winter menu and not a spring/summer menu: heavy, fatty, oily. but the real problem was that the food coming out of the kitchen seemed to lack any concern or attention for the experience of the diner. is prune like so many other places that, once it's become madly successful, just churns out bland fare, concerned only with keeping their revenue stream up and no longer cooking with care and devotion, at least for the ingredients, if not the customers? and the music was so loud that talking was a bit difficult, despite the fact that numerous members of our party asked the waitress the turn it down repeatedly. but each time, the volume would creep back up, as if nobody in the kitchen gave a hoot about the diners' experience. admittedly, the service itself wasn't bad: waiters were polite, attentive, unobtrusive. but the overall quality of the dishes was so low as to be a bit shocking. overall, it just felt as if the food was prepared without attention or care or, dare i say it, the slightest bit of love. has prune become just another arrogant business venture where diners are supposed to feel grateful that the staff is even deigning to serve us? harumph.

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