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Tujaques -- feh!!

Sarah C | May 11, 200409:02 AM

That's the sound I felt like making while eating at Tujaques on Saturday evening. The only reason we ate there was because my husband had been given an $80 gift certificate to the restaurant and it was about to expire on Sunday, so we didn't want to waste it. My husband said his food was mediocre. Mine was downright awful.

First course was about five tiny mushy thawed shrimp on lettuce with remoulade sauce. The sauce was fine. Second course was so-called crab and corn bisque. The only trace of crab in mine was a bit of shell, and instead of cream, the soup was thickened with cornstarch. The serving was about 1/2 cup. After that came the famed boiled beef brisket with horsradish sauce. I know it's traditional but to me it is simply stringy bland overcooked beef. My husband ate mine.

He chose the crawfish bisque for his entree and thought it wasn't bad, but I had the "shrimp bordelaise" served over pasta. The shrimp tasted old and funky. I took one bite and had a hard time swallowing, and then there was that unpleasant taste that lingered. Even the sauce tasted funky. My husband tasted a shrimp and agreed that they weren't good. To the restaurant's credit, the waiter inquired about our meals and we told him about the shrimp, and he offered to bring something else, but by that time I had lost my appetite. A little later he brought a new plate of shrimp bordelaise and I tasted one shrimp and it was slightly better, but I really didn't want it. The owner came over and apologized and said that the first dish "had too much thyme in it." Sure.

The bread pudding at least cleansed my palate a bit, and they took my entree off the bill, so our gift certificate covered the meal and two drinks, and left us only with the tip to pay. Too bad we didn't just let the gift certificate expire.

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