Saturday, July 19, 2014

Restaurant: Lark on the Park

Lark on the Park
2 stars

What a huge disappointment.  Great location, hip/contemporary interior, good drink menu, BUT . . .
  • The worst service I've had in a long time.  
    • The restaurant was more than half empty on a Tuesday night, and yet it took over an hour to get our entrees.  Note:  We were a 4-top, not a large party.  Our dining experience was 2 hours and 45 min.
    • The server was unenthused;  he didn't acknowledge me when I was seated (while waiting for the rest of the party) and wasn't helpful giving recommendations.

  • The food is average and overpriced for what it is.  Nothing was amazing.  Flavors are all one-dimensional, bland.  Plus:
    • Two of us ordered scallops which had sand in them.
    • One ordered the gnocchi which was underwhelming, and the peppercorn she bit into burned her throat.

  • And don't fall for the Valhrona Dark Chocolate Frozen Souffle which we thought was going to be the highlight at the end of the meal.
    • First of all, it should be spelled "macarons" -- I don't even remember seeing macarons on the dessert.
    • We expected the dish to look or be presented like a souffle.  It was basically a chocolate semifreddo cut into 2 triangles -- "souffle" is a complete misnomer.

Usually, I'll a try a restaurant three times before I say I'll never go back.  Every restaurant can have a "bad" night;  however, I'm going to pass on  going back to this one.  Too many elements were off that night.

Here is what we ordered:

  • Antipasto Board:  burrata, Prosciutto di Parma, roasted apricots, pistachios  13
  • Curry Pillows:  potato, onion, cilantro-ginger, radish    10
  • Johnson's Farms Lettuces:  fennel, radish, lemon, arbequina  8
  • Seared Scallops:  corn sformato, heirloom cherry tomatoes, pistou, opal basil  29
  • Gnocchi alla Norma:  roasted Japanese egglplant, heirloom tomatoes, garlic, ricotta salata 23
  • Grilled Texas Hanger Steak:  Homestead Mills blue polenta, oven roasted tomatoes, peperonata, poached egg 29
  • Butterscotch Blondie Coupe:  vanilla bean ice cream, blondies, butterscotch, chocolate sauce, toffee  9
  • Valrhona Dark Chocolate Frozen Souffle:  graham cracker macaroons, toasted marshmallow fluff, hot fudge  9

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