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So-so dinner at Frodo's in Pleasantville

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theatmosphere May 13, 2007 12:43 PM

We ate an early Saturday night dinner at Frodo's, on Bedford Rd. in Pleasantville, our first time there. Even at that early hour it was rather full, I'm guessing people do dinner and a movie at Burns afterwards.

We started with Braised Duck Dumpling with Curried Coconut Dipping Sauce ($9) -- more like 2 mini-empanadas with a small pot of sauce. The filling was delicious, seasoned with cardamom, perhaps? It reminded us of an Indian dish. The duck seemed ground, rather than shredded, which was not expected but was good anyway. We felt neutral about the sauce. My husband had an appetizer portion of a ravioli special, something like duck/beets/scallions. It was fine but not nearly as flavorful as the dumpling. A generous portion for an appetizer, and it was available as an entree too.

Our entrees were the Rack of New Zealand Lamb with Buckwheat Polenta, Wilted Spinach, and Blueberry-Thyme Demi Glace ($28) and the Grilled Buffalo Burger with Apple-wood Smoked Bacon, Brie, House Made Cole Slaw, Fries, on a Toasted English Muffin ($13). The lamb was three baby chops, cooked medium as requested but to my taste a bit salty and not as tender as I'd expect (there was a lot of gristle and bone, though not too much fat). The polenta was hearty and delicious, and the spring vegetables served with it were just barely blanched. I was surprised that the blueberries in the sauce were cold, as though just garnish and not cooked in the sauce. Overall, an OK entree but one I would not order again.

My husband requested his burger without bacon, which the waitress repeated back to him and wrote down. Of course, it was served with bacon anyway. The server (not the one who took our order), didn't apologize but just simply took it away. It was returned minutes later -- the bacon was gone but the bun was still soaked in bacon grease. They'd simply peeled the bacon off and given us back the same plate. We called the waiter back again and explained that if you don't want bacon, you don't want bacon grease all over your meal, either. He stared at us blankly, so I asked him to please bring a new burger that had not had bacon on it. He agreed without an apology and they took it back again to remake it. My lamb, of course, was sitting there this whole time. They finally brought out a single ravioli for him "while he was waiting". The new burger finally reappeared, sans bacon, and was good. But of course the meal was on a sour note after that point.

I'm pleased they corrected the situation, but was annoyed we had to point out the obvious about not just taking the bacon off.

Overall, the food was mostly average and we would probably not return because of the handling of the burger (though they did eventually get it right).

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    Doreen RE: theatmosphere May 14, 2007 06:41 AM

    In my opinion you must have hit an off night. I've never had anything but great food (especially fish and the veggies) and generous service.

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