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RW at Taberna del Alabadero

JoyS | Jul 27, 2004 04:02 PM

Went for the first time to Taberna for Restaurant Week and was somewhat disappointed.

Options were limited: either gazpacho or house salad for appetizer; salmon and scallops with wild rice or a rosemary garlic chicken with fried potatoes; and fruit with syrup or choc cake with toffee creme for dessert.

Overall, the portions for all courses were quite good, but the actual food was less than special. I had the house salad which was over-dressed romaine lettuce with carrots, chopped egg, an anchovy, and too much onion. The dressing was pretty average flavor and rather heavy.

I chose the rosemary garlic chicken with fried potatoes for the entree. The chicken had a pretty good flavor and was moist, but it was difficult to eat around the bones and fat that were within the chicken pieces. The potatoes on top of the chicken were very thin and fine, similar to the canned fried onions but potatoes. They didn't have much flavor and didn't add much to the dish.

My dining companion got the salmon and scallops -- a very generous serving of salmon with two scallops and wild rice. She said it was Ok, but that the salmon was overly heavy with butter and/or oil. The wild rice looked very plain to me, and again, she said it tasted of the butter.

For dessert we had ordered the choc cake with toffee creme, but they were out of it. Instead, they offered us choc mousse atop banana mousse. It was extremely light and fluffy, but again, didn't have any special flavor beyond a Jello choc pudding.

I have never been to Taberna before, but after this experience I'm not sure I'll rush back. Again, I find that this is an example of how places lose the potential for future diners because of average experiences. I dine out a few times every week to various types of restaurants -- I'm not the "special ocassion" diner. I guess I just wonder what goal RW is trying to achieve (I'm guessing its different for every restaurant), but I know Taberna will likely not get any repeat diners for their normal-priced menu after their RW demonstration.

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