Restaurant X - I was disappointed with recent visit
I am normally a big fan of Restaurant X as I have been several times in the last 5 years. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to go in the last year since we have a new baby and night out are at a premium.
We were very excited to go back this past weekend and I was actually surprised that the menu was very similar to our last visit (almost a year ago) as I have found the menu there changed somewhat frequently in the past.
My wife's meal was actually quite good, she had the Spaghetti Chittara (simple pasta with crab in butter/wine sauce) she has had it in the past and was quite happy. Nice amount of crab with presumably homemade pasta. She had the Beef Wellington for the main course, again, very solid, somewhat boring, but she is not an adventerous eater.
I was very disappointed with my meal. I have historically gotten one of the appetizer specials in the past, which were always excellent and I had high hopes for my Raw Yellowtail Ceviche appetizer. I will say it was terrible, the fish was fine and instead of being in a sweet/spicy Thai sauce, it tasted like typical lime Ceviche sauce. In addition, instead of being garnished with a rice cracker, it was with a potato one, quite weird and tasty like a normally boring ceviche.
My main course was the Pork Tenderloin in a Dried Cherry/Marsala sauce which was decent, nothing wonderful. However, the Mushroom Risotto that came with it was terrible, very heavy and almost toxic (like it was soaked in a heavy Port wine). The reason I got this dish was I had tried many other items on this current menu before and the specials were nothing extraordinary.
Desert was fairly solid, we have the Hot Apple Cranberry Cobler which was an upgrade over the Melting Chocolate Souffle we had last time. I have never been wowed by their deserts in the past, but this one was pretty good.
Overall, I am still a fan of Restaurant X and it probably remains at the best upscale restaurant in Rockland (that is not a tasting menu.) I just hope this one was one bad experience and not the beginning of the end. You wonder if they are still putting all of there resources in X2O and ignoring this past gem.
I fear your assessment may hold more validity than you presume. My wife and I ate at Xaviar's last week and were very disappointed. We'd recently been to X2O and had a terrific evening.
It would be a true shame if Mr. Kelly's other restaurants are taking hits to ensure the success of the new flagship.