After hearing so many good things about Stockton place from friends & reading the reviews here, I was really looking forward to my meal there. The cocktails were delicious, spot on! Great start. Ordered the pear salad, was it just me or the arugula was just plain wilted? no life at all. My companion had the same. Barely any blue cheese tossed in as well. Sad. The tomato soup was okay. I've had better. Tried the sweet potato ravioli. Oh no. it was limp, the plate was cold & the butter sauce wasn't seasoned as were the ravioli. I ordered the pork belly. The plating was very 80s. A blotch of gummy, wet mashed potato on part of the plate. The dark cherry (sweet enough to be dessert sauce) framed the not so crispy skinned pork belly. Tired looking dots of some puree on the other side. Like I said very dated style plating. The plate was again cold. So the food didnt stay hot or warm at least. By this time, a steak came to the table next to us & it looked great. At least more promising than my pork belly. Was hoping that dessert would be better, well, half of it was. The chocolate (peanut butter) tart wasn't bad. I could have had more but the portion wasn't that big. The toffee (pudding?) cake (?) was just downright pffffft. The apples that came with it was horribly mushy & didn't help the dish at all. Thumbs down.
Still, the sight of that steak haunts me to give Stockton Place one more shot. i will be back. That and another cocktail sounds good. Maybe it was just an off night for the chef. I hope so. Hype can either make you or kill you. In this case, it was a near miss.
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