Any one tried Palomino's Greenwich?
- momof3 May 9, 2007 05:57 PM
I have been reading about this restaurant. I love Sonora and Pacifico, this is by the same people, but supposedly "upscale Mexican".
Has anyone been or heard from anyone who has?
We were 2 couples, foodies, who have enjoyed the chef's other restaurants in Port Chester, Sonora and Pacifico. Palomino is more upscale in manor, in decor, but the menu does not feel Mexican as much as continental/Adriatic/Asian rim-ish, meaning very varied in ingredients and interesting. The tables are spaced nicely far apart, however the room is still maddeningly loud when full. The service was a bit slow, the wine list a bit pricey and the gentleman in charge of bringing the selection of breads ( all wonderful looking), offering one only, does not reappear for a refill until you wave frantically for a long while along with everyone else trying to get his attention. An amuse bouche is offered when seated, a nicely spiced spread on toast. However, looking for a simple salad of greens to start, we were told that it doesn't exist at this restaurant, only the more complicated salads on the menu were available, recited by our waiter as if he were afraid to go back to the kitchen and ask if we could be accomodated. We had a very good snapper dish, a good tuna dish, rare as ordered and 2 orders of the bouilliabase, very tasty but perhaps a bit small a portion for a grown man. The menu is not too big but covers a nice range of fish, chicken, and meat. I think the price range is a good bit higher than the other restaurants run by this chef but it aims to be a "finer" dining experience. Again, it does not at all strive to be "Mexican upscale" or "Spanish upscale" but may appeal to those in the Greenwich area code looking for the next new thing.
Nice atmosphere but the food does not warrant the prices. My appetiser was great- tuna & Avacoado tartare but my main course-lobster ravioli was only OK. We were a party of 6 and not one persons dinner was fabulous- all just good at best. Portions are a little on the small size and the menu is a bit too limited. While the service was good, overall it is not a place I would go back too.
We ate at this restaurant and I would not go back. Simply put, the food was just not good. The prices were high, but even if they were lower, I would not return, since mediocre food is not good at any price.
The menu has some Mexican influenced dishes, but there are also Pacific Rim-type and continental choices. We ordered four different entrees among us, and none were good. I had a pompano special that was supposed to come with a half lobster and a gingered vegetable sautee with crispy wontons. The lobster portion was miniscule. It might have been a half of a lobster, but of a pygmy lobster. There was no way to taste the pompano, since the gingered Asian sauce that it was drowned in tasted and looked like it came out of a LaChoy bottle. The crispy wontons were tasteless and looked like they were delivered in a can from Sysco. Also at the table were the pork chop, which was tough and bland, the lobster ravioli which was average, and the "seared" tuna which was grey on the outside rather than crusty, like they had cooked it in a pan that was not nearly hot enough. The supposedly lump crabcake appetizer which was a special had nary a lump of crabmeat in sight. It was composed of what appeared to be crabmeat put through a food processor. It was extremely disappointing.
The service was attentive but they need a lesson in manners. The server would just barge in and ask if we were ready for drinks, wine, to order, or whatever, but with no regard to the fact that we were conversing. Usually they wait a second while someone finishes their sentence and then ask, but this fellow just barreled right into the conversation. It was extremely disruptive. Furthermore, he came by too many times to ask if the food was OK and took away a drink that still had drink in it.
The restaurant itself is lovely, with lots of room between tables and a nice decor. But nothing can make up for bad food.