I went to Region tonight to celebrate the holidays with my sister for our annual dinner where we go a restaurant that we feel will give ourselves a great experience.
After hearing glowing reviews here and also it seems every publication tnoight was the night. Now Michael Stebner wasnt there as he was in AZ for some reason. Also they had the Tuesday Price Fixed menu.
Well, I am beginning to think that I need to listen to my own instincts and experiences from now on. I believe this may be the 5th or 6th restaurant that has gotten great reviews on this board only for me to be sadly dismayed.
Started off with the seafood antiapasti and the Pasta Bolognase (sp). The clams were extremely tiny almost microscopic and lacked any flavor, the calamari which consisted of maybe two tentacles were charred beyond belief and tough. The bread was awful and tough. The pasta was almost too al dente and although the meat was ok the sauce lacked any body and was kind of weak with no hint of garlic.
The main courses we had were the pork chops and the harger (sp) steak. The pork while tender was extremely salty and there was a little pool of unknow liquid sitting there perhaps from the vegetables. Lacked any real flavor for the pork chop although it was really a big chop.
The harger steak I ordered very rare and indeed it did come that way. It was almost raw! It was quite a tough piece of meat and no it wasnt because it was so rare, as only one piece I had was actually medium rare and it was tough also. It seemed like a flank cut or a skirt cut. Fennel taste was also overused on the steak. The sweet potato side dish was good but really that would be hard to screw up.
The desserts were actually the best part of the meal. There was an apple stuffed with raisins and maybe nuts and baked and also a chocolate bread pudding that was pretty good but tough on the outer edges.
I should have gone to Parallel 33 but even there I have found incconsistencies.....
All in all I dont know what to think? If this is what San Diego has to offer as one of the best I think I will be doing a hell of a lot more cooking at home......
I may try it again when Michael Stebner comes back.... Actually i wont hold my breath......