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Mar 10, 2013 03:45 PM

What's happened to Balena?

Balena was my reliable go-to restaurant before Steppenwolf. Our last two meals were really disappointing. During the last dinner, we ordered the burrata, which had no creamy center and little flavor. Pasta course was good but then the short ribs were actually dry. Dessert good. That's a 50% success, not good enough for the price. A friend had a similar experience. Has the chef changed in the last few months? Have others been disatisfied too? A shame. I really liked this restaurant.

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  1. I went here with my wife about a month ago, I had heard so many good things about it, it was average to below average at best.
    We ordered the Bread sampler, they were dry, tasteless, some were even hard. They actually tasted stale & old.
    My wife's salad was ok, but she commented it was very, very small & didn't have enough dressing.
    Our pastas were ok, not great, one came out relatively cold.
    We went early, @ 5:30PM, and expected items executed well, there were less than 10 people in the restaurant at this time.
    It really wasn't good, we won't be returning.