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“Maybe it was a bad night”
Review of Curious Kumquat - CLOSED

Curious Kumquat
Price range: $5 - $40
Cuisines: Contemporary, International, Gastropub, Fusion
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Description: James Beard nominated eclectic restaurant featuring fast, fresh and affordable lunches, and modernist foraged tasting dinners.
Reviewed November 26, 2013

As first time visitors to the city we were delighted by the choice of good restaurants in Silver City. We were booking too late for the tasting menu and our only choice was the entree. The taste was excellent, but the experience would have been a lot better if the service from the staff kept up with the quality of the food. Staff could be more informed, quicker to greet guests at the door since it is such a small place, and learn the art of apology. My entree arrived cold and had to be sent back. Instead of an apology I had a long explanation about our reservation being double booked which was somehow my fault. We liked the old house atmosphere, but if it is cold outside, bring a sweater. We are still not sure if the rabbit was supposed to be cooked to a crisp.

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Thank Ruth S
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gfron1, Owner at Curious Kumquat, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2013

We are sorry. At 3 pm that day I learned that my dear friend and the co-author of my cookbook passed away unexpectedly. So yes we were off and yes our server should have been more apologetic than explanatory. She also should have simply comped your meal. I'm sorry we did not give you the night you deserved. ~Rob

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Wow! Six tables, creative cuisine, good wines and service, and a friendly chef to boot! The four of us tried the tasting menu, six courses that night, and were amazed with the quality and variety of the food. There are quite a few good restaurants in Silver City, but if you're looking for adventure in gastronomy, try Chef Connoley's fare. We were with some authentic foodies who were as amazed as we were especially with the farro risotto, Thai Duck, Rasberry Rabbit, and the dark chocolate mousse. Double Wow! Go there!

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1  Thank Gil and Kathryn L
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

We lucked into one of Chef Connoley's "experimental" 10 course dinners, in which he tries out ideas for new courses. He buys and forages flavorful, unusual ingredients; combines them creatively; plates them beautifully. He works in a tiny kitchen alone and makes it all: bread and butter with wild grape leaf, rabbit confit with preserved lemon and a radish poached in jasmine water, boudin blanc with apple vanilla compote and farro praliné, steamed chocolate cake with smoky Scottish ale. It's local, haute cuisine with molecular touches and absolutely no attitude. A dinner like this in California would cost at least twice as much. We sat at communal tables of 10, friendly fun conversation. Service was warm and attentive. Chef Rob joined us after dinner to chat. There is no doubt he's one of the best, up and coming, chefs in the country!

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Thank ush4544
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

We went for the tasting menu/wine pairings and were not disappointed in our choice of adventures. From the attentive, well-timed service to the creative fall menu, everything was perfect. I can especially recommend the Thai duck. Chef Rob cooked it to perfection. The foraged ingredients and molecular gastronomy touches are also not to be missed. This is cuisine unlike anything you'll find in New Mexico... a very welcome change to the palate! Don't miss the wine-pairings as they perfectly complemented the courses.

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Thank grabo
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Reviewed October 25, 2013

We had heard and read all the rave reviews and were looking forward to lunch here.
Instead we did not enjoy the Curious Kumquat. From the minute we had to find our way to a table to a unclean table....finally a waiter appeared. He was totally unprofessional, clothes unclean and not informed as to the menu. Our 'water bottle' was warm water with fingerprints all over the bottle. Some of the food was passable and some overcooked . We could see the potential of the dish but was improperly prepared. I suspect that the Chef/Owner was not on the premises that day to oversee the kitchen or the front dining room. There was no obvious manger present to correct the oversights.

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2  Thank Linda Y
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gfron1, Owner at Curious Kumquat, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2013

I have communicated privately with Linda to learn more about what happened. Her greatest concern was with the server and the cleanliness of the water bottle. It was a harried lunch but still the servers are trained to clean the bottles and that will be reiterated. The server in question has also been dealt with appropriately. Her meal was a lunch where the elk was too chunky in her soup, the crust was too thick on her pizza, and some of her salad was not crisp. The elk could have been smaller but we also get compliments on our generosity with meats. The pizza was missed by the kitchen and will be fixed. The salad is a tougher issue because we use local lettuce and we're in those waning days before we can no longer get locally raised produce. In the end, our apologies, and if anyone ever has a less than stellar experience please ask for the owner and do as momma says, "Praise publicly and critique privately." We are a small business that does care and would have done anything to make this experience perfect.

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