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Liverpool House - disappointment

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Went to Liverpool house last night and it failed to impress. After all of the hubbub around this place, my dining partner and I would only rank it a 5/10.

The ambiance was kind of like a hip chalet/boathouse, which was fine with me and the most ingenious part was the dishcloth cum napkin. It kind of went downhill from there. My biggest complaint was, wait for it, they gave us too much food. Every course was over-portioned. I was full after the appetizer...never a good sign.

I started with the gnocchi, which had a beautiful sauce and the gnocchi themselves were nice ricotta pillows, with good texture, but over top of the whole thing was a slab of chewy, tasteless mozzarella (not mozz di bufala, either). I couldn't finish the dish, but it was way too much food to whet one's appetite. Partner had the grilled octopus over lentils and frisee, which was good, not great.

For mains, he had the pork shoulder, which HUGE. Huge as in "I am somewhere in midwest America ordering a porterhouse steak" huge. The best part of his dish was the turned carrots and parsnips. I had the "pulled pork scallops." I should have asked for explanation. I thought that maybe they took the scallops and made them into something resembling pulled pork. I was thinking "how creative!" Nope. I got scallops sitting on top of pulled pork. The elements were good. Scallops not overcooked, pulled pork a little salty, but tasty nonetheless. But I got 6 scallops. Six. Waaaaaay too many for the dish to be enjoyable. I still remember Brunoise's 3 scallop portion fondly. Sigh.

Anyhow, there was nary a vegetable on my plate. Also a disappointment. Any good chef worth his/her weight in salt will figure out how to freshen up a plate with a veg, especially a plate filled with fish and meat.

Ordered a dessert - the marjolaine with pistachio and chocolate and a scoop of what the waiter said was mango sorbet, but was clearly orange. It was dry and kind of boring.

After all of the good press: NYTimes, EnRoute, Gazette, etc etc. This place was not worth it. It seemed to us like a destination restaurant, and not a place one actually goes to to enjoy the food.

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  1. Interesting. Your criticism reads like the inverse of "the food is awful, and such small portions" joke.

    5 Replies
    1. re: thomasein

      This restaurant is wayyyy over priced and not worth it at all!!!

      1. re: Alyson777

        Based on what criteria would you say that? I've had some very good meals there, and found the prices to be fairly reasonable, considering. It might not be everyone's favourite restaurant, but it certainly has its fans (myself included).

        1. re: cherylmtl

          Normally the comment would be interpreted as the opinion that one had payed a sum of money that was greater than the sum of money one should have paid for the good provided. Pretty subjective, really.

          1. re: cherylmtl

            I think It's unreasonable to pay $ 20 for a glass of white wine that is not even half full,,,

            1. re: Alyson777

              Depends on the wine, doesn't it? I gladly paid $25 for a small glass of Puffeney's vin jaune at Bouchonné.

              And wine glasses really shouldn't be filled more than half full (the rule of thumb for many sommeliers is one-third full) as the wine needs the headspace to develop its bouquet.

      2. Hi:

        We've had to remove some posts on this thread. Posters are welcome to offer their own assesments of Liverpool House, and to disagree with the chemfemme's review of the place. However, personal comments about the original poster, or any other poster, are not welcome. Please remember that we're here to rate the chow, not the hound!


        1. Hey chemfemme, have you been to Joe Beef previously? Yes, the portions are huge but since I've been to both Joe Beef and Liverpool House and I pretty much plan for the fact that I am going to be given a boatload of food. It sounds like you enjoyed the food, but there was just too much. Did you ask to take any of it home? I've taken the scallops and pulled pork home before and they are quite easy to reheat and enjoy (just a touch of olive oil on a pan in medium heat just enough time to warm them scallops through). Both LH and JB seem to take pride in their portions (which compared to some places where you pay premium prices and receive a fancy lot of nothing on your plate is great) and will gladly pack any leftovers to bring home.

          I'm generally a pretty small eater, but whenever I go to either LH or JB I plan on eating (I eat lots of small stuff during the day, but stay away from a big lunch). I would give them another try but keeping the portions in mind. Try sharing an appetizer or dessert with your partner (something I usually do) while each having your own main. I find that usually solves the portion size problem. Or perhaps try a later reservation (ie. 8:30 or 9) so you have time to space out the meal as well.

          Good luck!

          1. Hey chemfemme, I say go with your instincts, whatever they tell you {;-/)