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Willow was disappointing

Mike J. | Jan 14, 2008 10:14 PM

Went to Willow for the first time Monday night for restaurant week and after hearing some good things in the past, walked away underwhelmed.

Now i'm aware that it's Restaurant Week and things can get busy, but my party of 4 was initially seated at a table in the back, only to be informed after we were settled that we had been "seated at the wrong table" and were herded to another table closer to the front of the restaurant. No big deal, these things happen.

We then proceeded to wait around 10 minutes for somebody to come by our table. Nobody did. Finally a gentleman showed up and without so much as a greeting, asked us if "we were ready to order". From what i could gather he seemed friendly enough, but it was just a little off-putting.

I ordered the chestnut gnocchi and duck confit to start, and it was ok. Not bad, not great, just ok. Didn't leave me wanting more. For the main course i ordered the potato wrapped norweigan salmon. This was by far the most disappointing dish of the evening. The salmon was extremely bland and it was hard for me to finish. To be fair my friends' seemed to enjoy their main courses, the filet mignon and the pork dish.

My desert was the apple florentine torte, which was tasty, but by this point i was just ready to get out of there.

Another disappointment was the wine pairing that accompanied the RW menu main course. How you can have a single type of wine to go with 6 very different main courses seems strange to me. The wine was tempranillo, and it didn't go at all with my salmon.

That being said, my experience didn't really give me much to rave about. As soon as one of our party mentioned going somewhere after eating, we were all pretty much ready to get out of there. It just wasn't a great experience for me personally. The food presentation was nice to look at, but my food itself was just so-so. The best part of the evening was right after we had arrived waiting at the bar for our friends. The bartender seemed quite warm and friendly, and i thought this was a sign of things to come. Unfortunately i was mistaken. I didn't hate Willow, but didn't really like it too much either.

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