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Spotted Pig Report

Denis | Feb 27, 2004 01:32 PM

Went last night at 7-ish with 3 others and waited 40 minutes or so for a table. I'm not a beer aficionado, but I have to say I found the selections weak. I tasted their cask options (spotted pig and Brooklyn Brown) and both were watery and unflavorful, and, as someone else said in a prior post, too cold. The maitre d' (the little guy) was saucy but I thought not rude, as a prior post said. The food was decent, but none of it was great. I liked the fritto misto for its anchovy flavor. The chicken liver parfait was interesting, smooth, tasty, and enjoyable--good at a level I think one could fairly expect from the place. The smoked haddock chowder was fairly yummy to a similar degree. They were out of the much-touted gnudi (at 8:15), which I think is a rather shameful failure of planing. The beef shin entree was delectable for a forkful, but not complexly flavored enough to warrant a whole meal. The $17 shepherd's pie was better than the average, but not enough so. Catalan custard for dessert--a flan--was a bit too firm but not terrible. I think the most remarkable thing was this wine the maitre d'/ sommelier (still the little guy) recommended. It was downright weird, and at first some of my party were down on it, which prompted the maitre d' to get us a different bottle without charging us for first, which was appropriately gracious. The room was lively and fun. In all, I'd have to say it's nowhere near worth the buzz, but then it's supposed to be a gastropub, not a notable dining destination. And it was just one visit, so perhaps there's more to the place.

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