I've eaten at craftwood in four previous times over the past 6 years. Each previous experience was favorably memorable. Last night's dining experience was a huge disappointment.
To put it simply, the only food I enjoyed eating was the bread with butter.
The appetizer we selected had pheasant, red deer, and macademia crusted ostrich. The pheasant was fried in a "shake and bake" seasoning was served lukewarm. Had it been served at a more appropriate temperature, I'm sure it would have tasted better. The red deer was tough and lack flavor. The ostrich, a previous favorite of ours, was overcooked and had the texture of shoe leather.
Unfortunately, we had ordered our entrees at the same time as our appetizer and ddn't wish to change our minds. I chose the ostrich and my wife chose the red elk. The ostrich was less overcooked than the appetizer but lacked any flavor. It took about 10 minutes for a waiter to come by after serving the entree and I begged for some salt to disguise the bland and greasy flavor of the ostrich. My wife, who is not a wine drinker, forced herself to eat her red deer with the help of generous portions of red wine to help down the otherwise old shoe leather passed off as red deer.
Craftwood Inn: WHAT HAPPENED? Your ostrich used to be so tender it'd melt in your mouth. Your deer used to be so tender and perfectly cooked.
I wish I had checked the reviews before I had dined there. Next for my wife's birthday, I think I'll take her to Golden Corral. Their meats are better tasting and better quality......
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