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Just sharing an experience [Secret Garden, Utica]


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Just sharing an experience [Secret Garden, Utica]

bradcook315 | Feb 15, 2013 09:29 AM

In addition to Valentine's day, yesterday was my wife and mine's wedding anniversary; we decided to try a new restaurant named The Secret Garden. Because I'm a trained chef, I tend to avoid eating out because rarely do I ever experience an exceptional meal. As I perused the menu, I came upon Steak Au Poivre. I've been to many restaurants in my location, and this was the first time I'd ever seen it served in one. Immediately I knew what I was getting. I was asked if I would like a Burgundy or Marsala sauce; I opted for Marsala.

After salads and appetizers, it was time for our entrees. As the plate was set in front of me, I immediately noticed that something wasn't right. what should have been a cream sauce was more like an Au jus. And it was served in a separate bowl alongside. The cut was a rib eye. Nevertheless, I accepted this because I love rib eyes. However, the most egregious thing was the extremely light coating of pepper corns, so light as to be non existent.

I inquired of the waitress if perhaps I received the incorrect order and she confirmed that I did not, that that was just how the chef made it. "Well, no offense, but he obviously does not know what he is doing.", I opined. I also suggested that he learn how to make it properly, or not to make it at all.

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