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Restaurant Alba - Malvern Review

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Restaurant Alba - Malvern Review

Toby | Mar 20, 2006 11:45 AM

My husband and I drove up from DC to take our son out for his 18th birthday. We were so disappointed that we left without having dessert.

Things started off well with a flavorful amuse bouche of a blended tomato bread soup. My husband’s red pepper clam soup was good but a bit too salty; my appetizer plate was dull with the exception of the duck proscuitto roasted garlic brushetta. My son had a very good flatbread with goat cheese, arugula, and carmelized onion.
The bread and olive oil were also very good.

Unfortunately we went on to the pasta course. I sat this one out. My husband's gnocchi were gummy with a flavorless rabbit ragu. The taglitelle was well cooked but it was very large serving of bland, milk poached pork ragu.

For mains my son had a hangar steak with garlic mashed potatoes which was fine. I had duck two ways, a roast breast overwhelmed by a kumquat vinaigrette, and a confit salad which was fine. The hazelnut pancake was gummy and unpleasant.

It is very frustrating to be served high quality ingredients that are so poorly flavored. The only seasoning I could think of as I ate was salt, either in its excess or by its absence.

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