Let me begin by saying that we enjoy everything from a good hot dog and an orange soda on the curb in front of MOMA to a world class meal at the Inn at Little Washington. We’ve dined all over the world and appreciated a lot of meals, even under difficult circumstances. …the bottom line is that the food has to be good. Well, at Iron Bridge, it wasn’t.
My husband and I attended a wine dinner at Iron Bridge on Januray, 30, 2008, entitled “Pining for Pinot Noir”. The event was for a friend’s birthday party, and included about 16 dining guests. The menu and wine were entirely chosen by Iron Bridge, and the price per person was $75 per person plus gratuity.
The meal began with “Winter Salad with Beets and Marcona Almonds”, which was accompanied by Domaine Carneros by Taittinger. The salad was comprised of primarily endive, as bitter an endive as I have ever had, dripping with a sweet and tangy dressing.
It all but choked us, especially when tried with the champagne, which would have been better off left on it’s own than so poorly paired with the salad. No salad should ever be so bitter, never mind trying to pair it with wine.
Following that disaster, and a lot of mineral water, we received what the chef called “Wild Mushroom Gougeres”, which turned out to be what both looked and tasted like frozen puff pastry shells drowned in brown sauced, ordinary mushrooms made a day or two beforehand. It was paired with Maysara Jamsheed Pinot Noir 2005, from Oregon. The wine was decent, but with the mushroom failure, whatever merit the wine had to offer was lost I in the melee. We were still pining for something decent to eat.
We were then presented with a glass of Chateau de Chorey-Les-Beaune, 2005, served with the “Pan Roasted Duck, with French Radish, Pearl Onion and Cherry glace”. The duck (breast) was overcooked, the vegetables indistinguishable from one another, likely from the over saucing with a viscous brown concoction, not unlike the one in which the mushrooms had drowned. The Chorey-lesBeaune was a bit immature and weak to stand up to the heaviness of the brown sauce and got lost in the mix. By now we could not imagine what either the chef or the wine steward had been thinking. Had we ordered these dishes a la carte, they would have gone back, it was that bad.
Then a glass of Craggy Range “Te Menu Road” Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006, from New Zealand came our way. The wine was interesting. I might like to try it again under different circumstances.
The dessert course was neither interesting nor even edible IMO. Called a Wild Berry Chocolate Mousse, it consisted of a (waxy, flavourless) chocolate flower shaped cup filled with a chocolate mouse, topped with a few raspberries. The mousse tasted like the inside of a refrigerator smells, and had an almost gummy mouth feel, like old ice cream left in the freezer for a season too long. I ate the berries and called it a day. They went nicely with the Adelsheim Vineyards “Deglace” from Oregon, which I would buy again.
No one at our table of 6 was impressed with any of it. In fact we were all saying later on, that had this not been a birthday party, we would have had a lot more to say out loud about the food….
Then the chef came out to be introduced and receive accolades. Needless to say his reception was lukewarm. No one wanted to complain, as it was a party for a friend, but I wouldn’t recommend the restaurant to anyone. Have a glass of wine and go somehwere else to eat.
FYI, We have been there for both dinner and lunch, we kept trying because the place was new and sometimes it takes a while to get the kinks worked out. But after a year, we find the staff either inattentive, annoying, or arrogant (waiter wanted us to be impressed with the fact that his last name was B****well… and that he USED to work at the Inn at Little Washington….I can imagine why he didn’t last there) It’s sad, really; the location is great right, on main street, the building is wonderful, decor upscale and inviting, and the wine list and menu are interesting…but it dramatically falls short every time. Save your money, there's a decent option right across the street.
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