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Prune (long) - disappointing

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Prune (long) - disappointing

Nehna | Mar 4, 2006 12:39 AM

Went to Prune for the first time tonight, choosing that in the end over Uovo (which I've also not been to).

Arrived at 6:30 for a reservation and the place was PACKED and as cramped as I was warned. I'd rather hoped it would be a bit quieter so early. Made worse by getting what was arguably the worst table in the place, near the door, with cold air rushing in every 5 minutes. But that's fine, I was totally prepared to be uncomfortable in the quest for a great meal before a concert.

Perhaps I shouldnt have let my husband talk me out of sweetbreads -- he's not a fan and reminded me I had them at Lupa a couple days ago (superb there, by the way). Well the women at the table next to me had it, and they did look very tasty. We decided to share the lamb sausages (which were rather more like lamb meatballs) and a plate of a spanish cheese with brown bread spread with butter and sliced onions, to start with. The lamb was very tasty, served with cornichons, mustard and thick bread. The cheese with the other dish was excellent, but the dish itself was kind of uninspired.

I had the pork shank with white beans and he had the lamb shoulder with lemon/tomatoes. The lamb dish had very tender lamb BUT it was far too heavily flavored with lemon. To the point he found it nearly inedible, it was so overwhelming. The first taste I kind of liked, but then I was forced to agree after another taste. My dish was more pleasant but not what I expected. It was a round dish with the pork shank/beans embedded with a light crumble on top. The fat to pork ratio was too heavy on the fat side---I'm not shy about fat but it just made the dish slightly unpleasant (I typically love shank dishes, esp lamb). Not bad, just not great. The white beans were nice. Had the crushed potates on the side which was decent.

Had a very good pinot noir by the glass.

All in all, the bill was about $120 for two glasses of wine, two beers, two starters, two entrees, one side dish, one espresso. Which didnt seem unreasonable. I do think the entrees are a bit overpriced for what they are, especially served ala carte and pretty rustic.

I don't think I'll return...maybe for brunch. I get the sense that's the better meal to have there? The food just wasnt memorable enough to be so cramped.

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