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terrible meal at danko's

jen | Mar 13, 200202:09 PM

I think Gary Danko must be San Francisco's most overrated restaurant. I had the four course tasting meal with a wine pairing and everything from the food to to the service was mediocre.

The amuse was a lukewarm eggplant soup with lobster. They sent us the amuse before we ordered so we awkwardly had soup while holding our menus in one hand. Then I had the seared tuna with a soy citrus vinagrette that was overpowered by the cardamon which encrusted the tuna. Next was a steamed maine lobster with edamame and black trumpet mushrooms that was drowning in a beurre blanc sauce. Then our meat course arrived, but the wine was nowhere to be found. It took about 5 minutes for us to find our server and get our wine. Could it be that there seemed to be only one or two servers in a section of about 8 tables(about 30 people)? Back to the food, the meat course was something that would have been served on a first class Pan AM flight. It consisted of filet mignon glazed in a soy ginger sauce, spinach and haricot vert sauteed in butter and oddly, a sweet potato gratin that was overseasoned with cinnamon. In all fairness the filet mignon was juicy, but again it also arrived lukewarm. I decided to end the meal with cheese and sadly it was the best part of my meal. After asking for the check and pretty much being ignored all night, we had about 3 servers, two of which I had never seen, try and take the bill from us before we were ready. As we were snacking on our petit fours and drinking tea and waiting for our credit card to return, we were told that a cab was called and waiting for us outside. I realize they were trying to be helpful, but at the point we felt like we were being chased out. Who knows, maybe they were doing us a favor and saving us from more abuse.

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