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Jun 25, 2009 06:55 AM

Temple Bar Update

Saw MCs recent review, and agree that the Risotto is a marvelous dish. By coincidence my DC and I shared that same plate last night.Very generous portion of perfectly prepared risotto.

I had a large nicely done bowl of mussels with chorizo. Decent dish, but not fabulous. Could have used a bit less tomato and a bit more winey-brothy-garlicky goodness. Also the chorizo seemed to have been simmered so long as to lose it's texture. A bit more garlic and broth with some crisped chorizo on top and the dish would have been a winner.

The shrimp toast was basically a miss. Very oily, nicely crispy, but not that flavorful. Almost leaden, just missing something.

Also had a nicely done side of asparagus.

The service was a total miss. Our waitress, while nice enough, disappeared completely for 90% of our meal, never checking in on us. Asked the hostess for bread 2X in a nearly 15 minute interval and the second time she gave us attitude before bringing it.

On the way out I did mention the service issues to the manager and he offered to comp me something or other next time I was in...

On a side note, the place was only 1/2 full the entire time I was there. With Scelfo in the kitchen this place has a shot. For the last 3 years or so it was on my "cocktails only" list and I would eat at West Side or Chez Henri. Might keep it on the food rotation, but they are definitely a bit rocky right now.

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  1. beetlebug and I tried it lately too .... seems we liked it more than you did

    1. the chef isn't going to have much impact on the foh service.

      1. Had that dreamy risotto tonight. Yeah, that's right, I said dreamy. Mrs. Alcachofa had a decent burger. Her fries were great, also. WTF! I'm having risotto and the wife is having a burger! Need to go pump some iron and go watch some football or something.

        The "Coca Cola Wings" or whatever they were called were good, I'm glad I tried them, but probably won't ever get them again.

        Service-wise, after getting our drinks at the bar, our waiter was very nice and efficient. Checked in with us, the usual good things.

        Snark-wise, I ordered a martini, and was about to be given iced gin. Had to ask for vermouth.

        I would go back for the food, stick with basic drinks.

        1. Crispy fried whole-belly clam appetizer is really good, and gigantic: a bargain. Nice gussied-up tartar sauce with it, too.

          1. We were tempted by the recent reviews so went to TB to check it out.

            I think we just didn't pick right w/ the menu choices. Husband had eggplant sandwich., which only reached the level of OK. I was tempted by the tuna tartare, but decided to try the veggie plate. Just a very weird combo--1/3 of the plate was taken up by plain steamed broccoli. The middle was some sort of plaintains over an enormous bed of frisee with a mustardy dressing, and the final third (the best part of the plate) was good but salty spinach and the carrot latke w/ nice morels.

            They were out of the cocktail I had hoped for (Violet flame) but the tequila cocktail I tried instead was tasty though not really cold.

            Had the same service issues, though the waitress was nice. Our bread showed up from another runner., so didn't have StriperGuy's problem w/ that.

            Maybe we'll try it again in a few more months, but West Side Lounge is a better option for us, at least for now.

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            1. re: Bluebell

              You report confirms my feel that they are not consistently firing on all 8 cylinders. Some hits, some misses, but not really on top of their game.