I was on business and wanted to eat at a nice restaurant in Albuquerque, NM so I decided to try Artichoke Cafe.
Upon walking in I would rate the atmosphere a 4 out of 5 stars. The service was fine and would give it a 4 out of 5 stars. The food was a different story. I had the roasted garlic along with goat cheese. The presentation was great but the mix of olives and capers and sauce that went with it was too salty!!! The waitress asked me how the it was and I gave her my opinion in a nice way and she told me that this was there most popular dish and it has been on the menu for 25 years. I thought to myself oh my word!
On to the next dish...I order the Caesar Salad. It tasted fine but now the presentation looked like it was massed produced. Meaning that they had the lettuce shredded in small long thin pieces with croutons on it. I never seen salad made this way and I have had alot of caesar salads.
Okay onto next dish... I order the New York Strip medium rare and the steak I received was cooked fine, but the quality of steak was very poor and had a heck of a time cutting it up and only ate half the steak.
To sum it up the the restaurant is creative in some of their presentations, but the quality of food is not the best.
I paid $71 for entire meal with no drinks for a 3 course meal and have had a better steaks at Outback steakhouse for about half the cost.
I think the restaurants needs to carefully look at the quality of food they are getting and serving to its patrons.
The service and presentation is fine, but they need to get better quality steaks and also go easy on the salt, and balanced the flavors of their dishes a little bit better...
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