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Vetri - (long)

joeg | Oct 6, 2003 12:16 PM

Came down from NYC with my wife for a weekend in Bucks County and went to Vetri on Saturday, their "tasting menu only" night. I am pretty tough on restaurants but really expected this meal to be outstanding - the rep couldn't be all hype, could it? Here's what we had for the "6" course tasting menu-

Amuse-bouche made up of a kumomoto oyster wrapped in pancetta, and a teaspoon each of salmon gravlax and tuna tartare, all served with a complimentary glass of prosecco - I'm thinking we're off to a great start.
1) clam soup, some small clams in a mussel, clam broth with parsley - tasty, but flavors nothing we hadn't tasted 10,000 times, and slightly oversalted.
2) the famous sweet onion crepe w/white truffle foundue. The onion crepe was very good with intensely caramelized onions. The white truffle fondue was absolutely devoid of white truffle flavor, in fact, completely devoid of any flavor.
3) white truffle fettucine with cremini mushrooms and lima beans - nice fresh pasta, light cream sauce, undercooked beans, no white truffle flavor whatsoever.
4) Baby Goat - perfectly roasted goat and potatoes, crisp outside, moist within, but this one cried out for salt, which would have made it a great dish.
5)Pre-dessert of a small thimble of white peach mousse which had no peach flavor at all.
6)Chocolate polenta souffle and pumpkin clafouti,both intensely flavored and good if on the small side.

Overall my opinion is that this has to be the most over-hyped restaurant I've ever visited. Even the best dishes suffered from a careless disregard for seasoning. In addition, the service, while very professional and officious, was more formal than friendly. One more pet peeve - Vetri came out to greet a close friend and his group when they arrived for dinner, than spent most of the night walking back and forth from the kitchen to his friend's table to talk and serve their food while never once even acknowledging another guest, each of whom was spending a minimum of $90 bucks. What am I missing here?

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