It’s a former Bob Evans if you couldn’t tell. I’m a bit surprised at how little they did to the outside. All in all – this is a really good indication of things to come. It just doesn’t make sense. And who would pick that mustard color?
We had a free tasting and I was dining with a chef – so we tried a lot of different items. I love Pierogies so I was excited to taste them. They were fine. There wasn’t a lot of flavor. Pierogies are dumplings normally filled with meat, mashed potatoes or vegetables. This was missing texture and seasoning. Everything was in desperate need of salt (not on the table).
We also tried the Hummus and this was one of the better items of the night. It wasn’t really the best hummus ever but for the night – we liked it. The olives were a really nice addition. The pita was also good – very light and fluffy. The portion was huge – we didn’t even make a dent in it – they could probably cut back even on that – I felt a little wasteful.
Because of the soft opening and we were there on the first night, the chef sent out their Stuffed Dates appetizer. It was awful. First of all – burned. Second – the blue cheese was too much and tasted cheap or bad. Third – It nearly came back for a visit while I was eating it. Just typing these words – remembering that taste – I have a look on my face like I just smelled a bad fart. Oh this was sooooooo bad. And – stuffed dates is a pretty dated appetizer – I remember it being all the rage in NYC when I was there 8 years ago.
Under the “Mid” part of the menu, we each tried a salad. Rachel tried this Pear & Fennel salad – which she makes a version of – so it had a lot to live up to. She wasn’t impressed. It was fine – but again – in dire need of salt. Also, the vinaigrette was flavorless – you could see it was there but realliy not designate any flavor out of it.
Oh here we go again. If you just read the description it sounds very unique and interesting. This was anything but. It was like a shredded slaw and honestly nothing had any FLAVOR. I don’t know what it was marinated in but it might have been that same sherry vinaigrette. And the combination of beets and potatoes and peas and red beans – was odd. The latter three all kind of have a mush to them. It wasn’t a bad flavor – it just wasn’t really much flavor at all. The feta was a mild saving grace but I didn’t want to just eat a plate of feta – so I just left most of it after about 3 bites.
For the mains, Rachel asked to try two items in a smaller portion and they very kindly obliged. So I don’t think this is the full $22 portion size. I’ll give ya $5 if you can guess what she said (okay – no I won’t – but you can play along) – SEASONING! The rice wasn’t saffron – it was just bland. The lamb was cooked well and tasted pretty good – so apparently who ever is on the meat station – has it down.
So – as you could tell – we didn’t care for it. But there was more!!! Here’s a rundown of some of the other disappointments.
– The booths were the single most uncomfortable ever. They had a huge back which led to a super short seat.
– The decor was odd. Outside was an ugly Bob Evans, the entry looks like a dungeon, the dining area looks like a ranch.
– The music was 80s-90s country – Martina McBride. Dolly Parton. Garth Brooks.
– Out back of the restaurant was a GINORMOUS trash pile in the parking lot. I understand it’s a soft opening – but come on.
– The sauce (shown above) served with the lamb was literally – we both swear on it – cold Hunts Tomato Sauce with something thrown in that added no flavor because it tasted like cold Hunts tomato sauce. How is that a sauce for lamb????
– I ordered a Rose and it was awful.
– The lack of seasoning across the board. Everything – minus the steak – was dying for salt and pepper. They don’t have salt on the tables – which is fine – but that means they should season appropriately.
– Let me share some of the other items on the menu: Borscht, Cabbage Roll, Coq Au Vin, Octopus and Lula. This is an ADVENTUROUS menu – which is fine – good for them for trying. BUT when you have a restaurant 10 STEPS from The Beach Waterpark – what the hell are they thinking? Imagine – you’ve finished a day at the Beach. You’re sweaty, clammy, hot, sun-burned and probably feeling pretty gross. Do you want Borscht?
I so wanted to order the Octopus just to see what the hell came out but I know – from experience – I don’t like it. I don’t do tentacles – it’s one of the few things I just can’t eat.