Ketchup - what should I order?
So, my colleague and I had dinner at Ketchup last week. Overall, it was decent, but I certainly don't feel the need to return. Here's a little recap from my perspective:
The ambience was very modern and kind of interesting. For food, we shared tuna tartare, barking dogs, and the happy cow. For dessert, we shared the caramelized sweet potato.
This was very tasty but nothing original, and it also arrived AFTER our entree.
I loved this kitschy idea. The barking dogs are two mini kobe beef chili dogs. They were yummy.
This soy burger was supposed to be served with caramelized onions, lettuce, and tomato with lime (I believe) aioli. Our onions were not caramelized. I made them bring a side of caramelized onions and the burger was just okay. I didn't notice/taste the aioli at all.
On the dessert menu, the "caramelized sweet potato" was described as spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, served with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate sauce. It was nothing like we'd hoped/expected. The sweet potato was not caramelized (I'm seeing a theme with that), but was served like sweet potato fries. It was odd. The ice cream was simple and tasty, and the chocolate sauce was rich and delicious, but I was upset that their menu didn't convey what they were actually serving.
A nice touch was that they had a mobile cocktail bar on the dining level and were offering samples of drinks on their cocktail menu.
You should know that Ketchup was the stage for two feuding couples from a MTV "reality" show to be filmed shouting insults across the room -- the episode aired recently and has been repeated. Understand that this is the scene you are entering, and that the restaurant/club participated.
I went there about a month ago. I thought the onion rings were some of the best I'd ever had. The mini-cheeseburgers were quite good and the french fries were decent. Everything else disappointed me, especially the fish and chips. Our server raved about it and said that it wasn't very good before but that the chef had just changed the recipe and it was now great. What I got was a couple of pieces of mahi-mahi in a very soggy, tasteless batter. Another party at our table liked the meat loaf but it didn't look like much to me.
I'll say one thing for the place. They seem to hire the most attractive employees I've ever seen in a restaurant. If only someone there could cook.