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Silk Road in Northampton - Thumbs down

VivreManger | May 13, 2005 09:40 AM

Two separate meals at Silk Road, both disappointments.

I was willing to give them a break for the first meal since it was a large party with a reserved limited set of menu choices. The first time my main course was halibut which was cooked to dryness.

Last night was the second time and it will be the last. Ordered were the pea soup, steamed Chinese lasagna, portabello mushrooms and noodles, apple goat cheese salad, steamed black cod, and the cream brulee.

The only dish I thought worth eating again was the sweet pea soup. Everything else was overcooked, overflavored, or blah.

I love black cod, but the layers of mushroom, and squash were so overwhelming that one could hardly taste the fish. The menu claims that okra and a turmeric fennel sauce were there as well, but I hardly tasted anything but overcooked squash and fishiness. The Chinese lasagna destroyed the essence of Chinese prepared vegetables. I love the stir-fried minimalist treatment that brings out the essence of the vegetable. The sweet pea soup did achieve that quality, though through a completed different cooking medium. The so-called lasagna tasted like a bad overcooked salty-soy ratatouille which, contrary to the character of the dish, had gotten worse with age. The grilled mushrooms and noodles was served cold - - no warning on the menu - - and was overwhelmed by its hoi sin sauce which stuck to the plate and glued the mushrooms so that they were immovable. The apple goat cheese salad was OK, but it was drenched in its vinaigrette so that the pea leaves had wilted. Serving the oil & vinegar on the side would be an improvement.

As for the creme brulee. We ordered one dish for four people and could not finish it. The candied kumquats and raisins that accampany it were quickly consumed. The greenish (pistachio??) flavored pudding was not appealing, once one sheered off the sugar crust and cashew topping.

The room is pleasant. The service is efficient. However I am in Massachussets not LA-LA land. I don't want to know the name of my waiter. They could also stop pushing their water service.

Despite all my complaints, they seem to be doing decent business. By the time we finished the bar and tables were packed.

I certainly support Vinny Clams claims below:

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