Sonora in Port Chester
- adamclyde Nov 28, 2001 10:27 AM
Anyone been to Sonora in Port Chester? Heard a lot about it, but a little hesitant... What about the original Manhattan Sonora restaurant? Curious.
Went there for the first time about three weeks ago. Great decor, food was OK but not great. Unusual flavor combinations and ingredients in the dishes, which are very artistically presented, but execution is a bit off. I had tuna which I requested medium rare and it was almost well done. My date had a bisque and plantain soup in which the plantains were oddly in big chunks-would have worked better if they were pureed. Waitstaff seemed to have some problems with English. Don't want to seem too negative. It has great atmosphere and I will give it another try.
We went to Sonora twice. The first time was after it was open about 3 weeks. The food was very good, the service people tried really hard, but were inept. The second time was a few months later, after several good reviews the Times and others. The service was still bad, but the food was sloppy in execution. Like the other poster said, the flavors were interesting, but my salmon, which I asked for medium, was almost raw and my husband's tuna, which he asked for medium rare, was well done. I would try it again because I love this type of food, but if it is not better next time I will give up on it.
Four of us recently returned to "Sonora" on a Saturday night..... MISTAKE! Establishment has gone downhill... Extremely noisy... very very difficult to hear any
conversation. Service is just BAD! Had to request bread several times.. Drinks appeared to be "watered" down. I ordered Salad which come to table with iceberg lettuce rather then menu promised "baby romaine". Salad was totally undressed. Limited menu selection..
Entree's came badly plated with little care in dish preparation. Service was extremely
S L OW. Dinner took 2.5 hours to complete. Wrote letter detailing issues and then follow-up note with no response whatsoever from management. Appears success had gone to their heads! Given the fact that dinner cost equals $ 125.00 per couple and given the level
of service my suggestion is consider going elsewhere. All in all- one bad experience!
Went to Sonora only once expecting an excellent experience but didn't get it. Service was pretty inattentive and inept. We received dishes we didn't order and didn't receive those we did. The food was inconsistent. A few things were really well prepared but other dishes that seemed ill-conceived on the menu but we believed MUST be good were actually ill-conceived and the ingredients did not work well together. It was early on a Saturday night and the restaurant was busy. We felt both rushed and ignored at the same time if that's possible. We thought maybe it was a bad night but from the comments of more recent visitors here, seems like a pass.