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Taboon report

Denis | May 27, 2004 06:39 PM

Went there late last Wednesday. In short, the food was generally good, but the service was pretty atrocious.

Food:Bread was really good, as people have noted. White bean puree was quite tasty, and I found the shrimp kadayif (wrapped in vermicelli filo and fried, I think with some kind of yogurty marinate beneath the filo) interesting and enjoyable. The zucchini cakes were minty and unusual in a good way, but not great. The pan fried sardine was fishier than other such sardines I've had. The whole branzino was, in the opinion of my girlfriend, who ordered it, delicious, and I thought it was perfectly cooked, but just apparently don't like branzino so much. The oxtail stew, which I ordered, was meltingly tender and near-delicious. The lamb kebabs were fine, nothing to write home about. The fennel salad with baby greens was really nice, and dressed just right.

Service: After being seated by the hosts, we sit for a while with nothing, then flag someone down and ask for menus, and also water. She brings the water. We wait a while longer, then ask someone else for menus. They don't come. We flag down another person and ask for menus, and they finally arrive a bit later. The water tasted funny. We had to struggle to get our drink orders taken too. It was also tough to get them to bring the check. And it was loud--all hard surfaces. Most egregious in my view was the chef's refusal to fillet the whole fish for my girlfriend after it had been presented, even though there was maybe 1 other active table in the place by that time. It takes no time to do and doesn't impair the dish (unless one is supposed to eat it in one bite or something, bones and all), so I found this inexcusable. I spent parts of the remainder of the meal fantasizing about what I would say to the chef if I didn't care about ruining the evening for my companions (which I did), and my girlfriend swore never to return and posted a blistering review on citysearch. Just dumb, dumb, dumb. I'm not willing to entirely rule the place out, though.

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