When a GroupOn recently was offered for 128 Cafe I was excited, as we had eaten there years ago and quite enjoyed it. I'm not sure what happened... but the experience this time around was very disappointing..and I doubt we will ever go back. Change of ownership? Chef? something must have changed!
The service was fine, but the food was really not up to standard for the prices paid.
-We selected an asparagus appetizer, thinking this would be a great choice as it it currently in season in MN. We thought wrong...very mediocre and served room temp.
- I love beet salads and order them often. I expect to get beets. This salad, however had just a few matchstick sized beet slivers and was heavy on the chickpeas (not exactly a tough ingredient to add) and greens. Even that wouldn't have been so bad, except that the entire concoction was SWIMMING in dressing. I couldn't eat it. I usually try to remember to order dressing on the side -- very regrettably, I forgot this time. Big, big mistake.
-The BBQ ribs are suppose to be a specialty. I ordered a half rack, and these were pretty good. However, the rest of the plating was really lackluster. They were accompanied by garlic mashed potatoes that looked like they were served up with an ice cream scoop. They did not make in quality for what was a very small quantity (one small, rounded scoop). These were barely warm. They just sat there on the side of the plate looking loney. The steamed green beans and broccoli hardly qualified as "seasonal' vegetables.
- My husband had a fetuccini dish that was OK, but, again, nothing special at all.
- We hightailed it outta there to get coffee and dessert somewhere else...
I usually err on the side of writing reviews for places that we like and deliver a good experience.
In this case, however, because of how truly mediocre the food was - I would not want others to go through the same experience. There are way too many other great places to dine in the Twin Cities -- save your $ and some frustration and go elsewhere.
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