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Inconsistent brunch quality at Splendido - Anyone else had the same experience?

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Had brunch at Splendido back in April and was so amazed - it was the best brunch I've ever had. Went back a few weeks ago and the meal was disappointing. Had the best pork belly and beef tartare first time around - The pork belly was a huge one piece of meat, about 6 inches long, and was the most juicy pork belly I've ever had (and I've had many in the past 8-9 years at restaurants like North 44), it was food orgasm; the beef tartare also had the perfect texture and seasoning, the best beef tartare I've ever had (e.g. comparing to Balthazar in NYC and Le Select in Toronto).

However this time the pork belly was half the portion, cut into 3-4 thin slices, seared both sides and hence very dry. The beef tartare had the same perfect texture but was mixed with way too much sauce - the mustard was overpowering the meat and made it almost inedible. In addition, the staff forgot to put the onion confit on top of the bone marrow we ordered before serving - nobody noticed until I asked.

Am I the only one who experienced this inconsistency? I will not be going back for sure. It's disappointing because I thought Splendido was a gem!

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  1. Wow!! That sounded pretty bad!! Do they not taste the food before serving or putting it on the menu?!
    I don't think Chef David Lee of the 'Old Splendido' would allow this type of things to happen in his kitchen?!!

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    1. re: Charles Yu

      lol, Charles. You don't have to mention David Lee every time you mention Splendido. It's not a literary requirement.

      1. re: justxpete

        Ah!! But David set the 'standard'!!
        Besides, nice to remind people especially new chowhounders how things used to be like in the 'good old days'!! Ha!!

        1. re: Charles Yu

          Victor was cooking the menu for the last 12-18 months before Splendido changed hands. And some would argue (including me) that it was better after it changed hands...

          1. re: justxpete

            May be this was before your day?! But check this out. One of the best meal I ever had!! Including some Michelin 3* in Europe, North America and Asia! Pity good digital cameras not yet available those days to take photos?!

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1041...

            1. re: Charles Yu

              Not surprising - some of the best meals I've had, including among 3* michelin restaurants in NA and EU were at the new Splendido. And, fyi, I was a regular at 'the old' Splendido (as well).

              But I digress, we're getting off topic.

      2. re: Charles Yu

        Since you mentioned David Lee, I wanted to add that Victor Barry was there both times. Saw him chatting with some patrons each time. Too bad he didn't come over to my table if not I'd definitely give him my two cent on the food!