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Tesoro -- Do Not Go

NAspy | Mar 31, 200812:07 PM

In case you are downtown for a show and want somewhere to go for dinner either before or after, do not make the mistake of patronizing Tesoro, which is in the MOCA complex near Walt Disney Hall, the Chandler, et. al.

We went for an early dinner after a Swan Lake matinee this weekend. Had 5 PM reservations for 7 of us and were seated promptly, which was the last thing that happened on time for the 2 eternal hours we were there.

Our server was a very nice young woman who gave the impression of having just wandered into the restaurant, told to put on a server's clothing and pretend to be a server. She told us the specials after we ordered, abruptly left the table in the middle of our orders and didn't return for about 10 minutes; and poured a too warm and somewhat overripe Cosentino 2005 Pinot Noir the wine without allowing for a taste. Our dishes took forever to arrive. Unfortunately, the quality of the food was barely mediocre and did not in any way make up for the complete lack of competence by our server.

Caesar salad was fine, nothing special, probably dressing from a bottle. jThe mixed greens were also nothing special. The lettuce leaves were not brown, I can say that. After we finished our appetizers, we simply waited for at least half an hour for the main dishes to arrive. I had the risotto with salmon that claimed to have a saffron essence but there was no saffron to be had anywhere; the salmon did not taste fresh and it was just not good risotto. No flavor except for too fishy salmon.

My partner had the grilled salmon which arrived with the citrus cream sauce hardening (congealing?) on the side of the plate, though she said the salmon was fine.

My sister had the squash ravioli, which she liked; a vegetable pizza was OK. No one finished their dishes, and only my mom took home her leftovers, but that was just out of her inherent frugality.

We ordered two desserts. The server brought the bill before the desserts and we waited another 15 minutes for desserts that merely had to be ladled off a plate onto dessert dishes. They then had the nerve to add the gratuity.

Don't know what it cost, but I know it was not worth it.

Last time I went was many years ago and the place has clearly declined. There were a good many diners there, though.

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