I'm aware of recent mixed review of Grace, but figured that we maybe safe just going to for the burgers, but I was wrong. I really want to like this place: nice decor and vibe, service was warm but not overbearing, and the bread was good. Unfortunately the bread was also the best part of the meal.
We shared a Duroc Pork Belly as appetizer, and was not impressed: too salty, too sour and too fatty. If the pork was served with a heap of rice, beans or tortilla, that maybe ok or even quite good, but as an appetizer, it just failed miserably.
I had the cheese burger (blue cheese) as I adored FO's burger, and my husband got the truffle burger with Guyere, and things just got worse...
First, bad execution. Fries were soggy, definitely not Anisette, and after 2 bites, I think I rather have Burger King's fries. Burger buns were burnt around the edge, and yes, nothing besides burnt flavor was added to the burgers.
Second, pedestrian ingredients. Tomato slices were tasteless. I know it's not tomato season, but I am not expecting regular supermarket variety in a $20 burger. Ketchup and mayo for fries could be just out of a Heinz or Masterfood jar.
Third, dishes were not well though out. I love gourmet burgers with careflly selected ingredients and perfect executed, but I also had real simple but great burger that is no more than a satisfying juicy meat patty, hot off the grill and slapped between two buns. My burger did not beong to neither catagory: blue cheese was overpowering, and the meat did not have the to-die-for hot juicy mouthfeel.
I really want to try the donuts, but I didn't want to be let down again and left. Anyone has similar experience?