Thanks for all the posts late last week. For better or worse, we tried Pico on Saturday night and were sadly disappointed by the food and especially the service. I have to agree with those that believed it to be way overrated. Here's a brief report:
For appetizers, we started with the grilled sardine in basil sauce (I think) and the cockles & chorizo in broth. The grilled sardine was probably the best dish of the night. Very crispy and well cooked, and the sauce complemented the strong taste of sardine very well. The cockles & chorizo in broth, however, was downright awful. Entirely too salty and almost inedible. I hope that I just caught it on a bad night, because this dish was really bad.
My date and I got the suckling pig and rack of lamb for main courses. I have to say that I was pretty disappointed with the suckling pig. The skin was good--crispy and sweet with the honey glaze. The meat, however, was flavorless and dry. And for $30, I'd much rather go to Chinatown and have 25 bucks left over. As far as the rack of lamb, it followed the inappropriately seasoned dishes of the night and we were literally wiping the sauce off to get to the well cooked lamb.
The beignets with chocolate and raspberry sauce were good for dessert. Very warm and tasty, but by that time, we were ready to get out of there. Service was terrible the entire night. The waiter gave no advice about the wines and we spent much of the night waiting for our food. The restaurant itself was less than half full on a Saturday night, so I can't imagine that the kitchen was that busy.
All in all, it was a disappointing meal and I wonder how different the restaurant was when Grimes gave it three stars.