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Worst Dishes in 2014

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Pookipichu Feb 2, 2014 07:39 AM

What are the worst dishes you have had? Worst dishes I've had in 2014 thus far:

Babbo - Chianti stained parpadelle with wild boar ragu

The parpadelle had a strange medicinal flavor and tasted similar to the way embalming fluid smells. It tasted really awful and is the only time I have ever eaten at a high end restaurant and fought not to spit the food out into my napkin. In hindsight I should have sent the dish back but it was a celebratory dinner.

Hakkasan - Grilled lamb chops with xo sauce

The lamb chops were tender but had no sear, there was too much sauce, gloppy and too sweet. It had potential but was so sloppy and poorly executed other than the presentation being ok.

Red Farm - Shrimp stuffed crispy shrimp

I was excited to try this dish because of raves and Gael Greene's listing as a must try. I hope they received a much better version of the dish than I did because while the chicken was crispy, it was also overly greasy in the mouth, the shrimp was rubbery and unpleasantly tough and the coating was more crunch than crisp. The dish was really salty and exemplified the "punch your face with flavor" style that seems to be the popular culinary zeitgeist.

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    foodwhisperer RE: Pookipichu Feb 2, 2014 09:27 PM

    Harry's Italian: shrimp marinara over linguini, watery terrible sauce, overcooked stuck together pasta.

    Telepan Local: Guinea Hen nuggets. Not a good dish

    Pearl Oyster Bar: Lobster Roll , too much liquid. I can't really call it mayo, it's more like the juice that is in cole slaw with mayo. It just leaks out when you bit into the sandwich.

    Nespresso: pistachio macaron, stale

    1. princeofpork3 RE: Pookipichu Feb 3, 2014 06:53 AM

      Spagettini Nero - Charlie Bird
      So salty it was unbelieveable. Zero crab and no spice from the chilies.

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        Shirang RE: Pookipichu Feb 3, 2014 08:34 AM

        Bucatini - All'onda - very little uni, a few tiny chopped bits overpowered by strong cheese, and the two visible pieces of uni was of very poor quality.

        1. Ziggy41 RE: Pookipichu Feb 3, 2014 01:07 PM

          Crispy Boneless Duck w/ Spicy Garlic Sauce at Szechuan Gourmet 56. Greasy, fried mess. Didnt care for it at all. But I didnt let that ruin the lunch so I ordered another dish.. old reliable Shredded Beef w/Spicy Green Chili

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            knucklesandwich RE: Pookipichu Feb 3, 2014 02:53 PM

            Pastrami Egg Roll - Red Farm.

            Pac Man Dumplings - Red farm.

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              emu48 RE: Pookipichu Feb 3, 2014 03:00 PM

              Crab Rangoon anywhere.

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                princeofpork3 RE: emu48 Feb 4, 2014 07:08 AM

                What is this 1986? Who orders crab rangoon anymore?

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                  Pookipichu RE: princeofpork3 Feb 4, 2014 11:17 AM

                  I had to look up crab rangoon... I don't think I'd order this dish anywhere, crab/imitation crab and cream cheese does not sound appealing at all. Not exactly relevant to a thread about worst dish eaten in 2014 though...

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                    princeofpork3 RE: Pookipichu Feb 4, 2014 12:26 PM

                    You forget its deep fried in a wanton wrapper.

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                      knucklesandwich RE: Pookipichu Feb 4, 2014 12:27 PM

                      I think emu48 may have used Crab Rangoon metaphorically, in the sense that Crab Rangoon, Trader Vics, Pastrami Egg Rolls and Red Farm are all examples of the same dubious culinary tradition.

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                        Pookipichu RE: knucklesandwich Feb 4, 2014 12:34 PM

                        I was hoping emu84 would contribute a specific dish(dishes) instead of a general concept of dish that emu84 dislikes. "I had crab ragoon at Happy Panda Family and it was the worst thing I've eaten this year" vs. I hate the idea of peanut butter crispy herring ice cream.

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                          peter j RE: Pookipichu Feb 4, 2014 12:42 PM

                          Based on emu84's profile he (or she) lives in Kansas/Hawaii and the crab rangoon post was his (or her) first on the Manhattan board. Maybe crab rangoon is still offered in other parts of the country.

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                            debinqueens RE: peter j Feb 4, 2014 02:10 PM

                            Type the dish into menu pages' find a food function and you'll be surprised at just how close you are to a place serving it in manhattan

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                              peter j RE: debinqueens Feb 4, 2014 02:33 PM

                              Yikes, you're right. There's a Chinese restaurant that serves crab rangoon right by my apartment in the upper west side.

                              Crab Rangoon chinese wonton $5.95

                              Do I dare?

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                                lexismore RE: peter j Feb 5, 2014 07:12 AM

                                Even a well-executed crab rangoon is an inauthentic culinary mess.

                                But that doesn't mean it tastes bad.

                                Or do we suddenly hate the taste of deep fried dough stuffed with cheese?

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                                  Pookipichu RE: lexismore Feb 5, 2014 07:14 AM

                                  honestly that sounds a little gross to me... and that's coming from someone who will eat grubs, worms and fried cockroaches...

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                                    lexismore RE: Pookipichu Feb 5, 2014 08:44 AM

                                    Well, you can't argue with taste (although we chowhounds sure like to try).

                                    I'd put them in the guilty pleasure category, like jalapeno poppers.

                                    You enjoy your insects!

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                                      Pookipichu RE: lexismore Feb 5, 2014 09:21 AM

                                      Cream cheese and crab just seems strange to me, much less so than a plate of fried crickets, which are delicious :) Crickets and cream cheese on the other hand... bleh.

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                                        lexismore RE: Pookipichu Feb 5, 2014 09:41 AM

                                        Hah! Crickets I might be able to do. Roaches, I'm not so sure.

                                        And if it's the crab that's throwing you, it's imitation crab, so rest assured - it adds no flavor. In the renditions I've had, all I tasted was cream cheese and crispy dough.

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                                          darren425 RE: lexismore Feb 5, 2014 10:04 AM

                                          Crab and creamy cheese is a standard combination. Don't shoot me but here's a pretty good recipe from Paula Deen:
                                          http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/pa...

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                                            Pookipichu RE: darren425 Feb 5, 2014 10:05 AM

                                            It must be a personal preference thing, the thought of cheese and crab or fish is just gross to me

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                                        princeofpork3 RE: lexismore Feb 5, 2014 09:27 AM

                                        At El Parador a good authentic mexican place on 34th the serve an appetizer which is roasted jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese or peanut butter. Its actually really good. I like the PB better.

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                        BuildingMyBento RE: princeofpork3 Feb 4, 2014 08:23 PM

                        It's a DC Chinese take-out staple. With Old Bay.

                        Nasty.

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                      Bkeats RE: Pookipichu Feb 3, 2014 04:02 PM

                      Since January 2014 just ended isn't this rather early for the question or are you looking to start a running commentary?

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                        Pookipichu RE: Bkeats Feb 3, 2014 04:21 PM

                        Running commentary on specific dishes and the restaurant the dish was eaten at :) (Even great restaurants can have a clunker)

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                        stuartlafonda RE: Pookipichu Feb 4, 2014 12:44 PM

                        Cheese ice cream at Murray's Cheese Bar. Lumpy, granular and chalklike. Not sweet enough. Saturday it was peanut butter flavor so there were pockets of cold hard peanut butter.

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