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Feb 1, 2007 07:16 AM

Chestnut Last Night

First time in Chestnut last night. My dining companion's food was great, mine was not so great. I seemed to order the wrong things.
Appetizer--I had haystack shrimp. Kind of tasted like shrimp flavored potato chips. Was so fried, I didn't really taste the shrimp. My brother had the grilled calamrari, which was absolutely fantastic. Maybe I just don't care for haystack shrimp, and should have ordered s/thing else. Next time I would definitely tget calamari or something else
Entree--Hangar steak. Pretty dry and dissapointing. I could swear the waiter (who was very friendly and helpful) said they recommend medium-rare, but is it possible he said medium-well? Bc steak was pretty dry. My bro had the stuffed pork--delicious.
Dessert--I had Ice creams--excellent.
Overall--I need to go back and order different items.

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  1. I'm not crazy about the haystack shrimp either -- mine have been greasy in the past and kind of bland. Looooove the oxtail with tagliatelle though, and the salt cod brandade is rich and delicious.

    1. Few things about the first post-I have had the haystack shrimp-I can see how it is not for everyone. I dont find fault with their preparation though-not one of my favorite appetizers there. And secondly-a hangar steak is going to be tough when overcooked-no matter what establishment. If you were dis-satisfied; I am positive the manager would have prepared a steak to your liking-medium rare and you would have enjoyed it immensely. I am a big fan of chestnut. Service is always attentive, prices are great, and food in general has always been top-notch.

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        1. You appear to be defending the restaurant--I am not criticizing it. I shrugged off shrimp as poor order on my behalf, and noted that calamari was excellent.
          Steak was dry, and that's dissapointing, especially since (a) I was torn btwn steak and pork and the pork i tasted from my brother's plate was delicious, (b) i was going to request it rare, just to be on safe side, and didn't (c) i had read how good it was supposed to be on this website.
          As for sending back--it wasn't awful, I think it would have been awkward to send back, plus, my bro would have had his entree, while i waited for i ate it, and it wasn't terrible, like i posted, it was just dissapointing .
          And again, like I posted, I desire to come back and try other items.

          1. I agree with you on the haystack shrimp. Really nothing to write home about. I ordered it the last time I was at Chestnut and was underwhelmed. I also happened to order the hanger steak. However, mine was cooked to a perfect medium rare and was one of the best I've ever tasted -- nice char on the outside, tender and perfectly cooked...beefy and delicious. I look forward to ordering it again on my next visit. It sounds like you just had an unfortunately overcooked steak. It is definitely not the norm at chestnut, consider ordering it again. I actually much prefered my steak to my friend's stuffed pork chop. The chocolate budino dessert was totally rich and delicious.

            The prix fixe at chestnut during the week remains one of the best deals ever.