Alchemy in Gloucester
I went to Alchemy for lunch last week to see if its new iteration is any better than the old one. I am desperate for a place that is not Passports. The Alchemy owners expend so much effort on their decor but the food has always been so terrible/mediocre/inconsistent/overpriced.
I asked the waiter whether the "serving platters" feed two and he said yes. Well, the platter wouldn't even have fed one elderly woman on a diet. We ended up ordering two platters -- the Mediterranean and the cheese -- and lots more pita bread.
The food itself was good. The cheeses were especially well chosen -- nice variety of hard and soft, a nice jam, some fig thing that I didn't try, and a little pot of honey, a great touch, but only maybe five or six crackers. The Med platter was OK -- hummus, tabbouleh and something I can't remember.
Would I go back? Not sure. In the end, it felt like I had spent $15 for cheese and crackers.
Pretty dismal, could have gone to Lewis' in Essex, sat at the bar and had free cheese and crackers with your drinks. Alchemy got blow away in a seafood throwdown, about 2 seasons ago, by our fav little owner of Sugar Mag's. I wish she'd open for a dinner once and a while on a Sat., she'd do well. I just can't understand the hype about this place.