Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Honey - Northside

When we walked into Honey, the atmosphere was very inviting - cozy and relatively casual.  We arrived at about 6:30 on a Friday night and were able to get a table for four immediately.  The server came quickly and patiently read the absurdly long specials menu.  So far so good. 

The star of the evening was the fries, which lived up to the hype - thin and crispy.  The chili lime sauce provided an unexpected but delicious twist.  After the appetizer, we had high expections for what followed.  Unfortunately though, Honey let us down.  We ordered the pork tenderloin dish which included a grit cake ($23), a fancy cheeseburger with bacon and  guacamole ($13), and the duck breast special, including carmelized brussel sprouts and sweet potato gnocchi ($29).  It was clear that a lot of thought had gone into the presentation of the duck - the bright orange gnoccchi offered a beautiful contrast to the meat.  The pork was very neutral looking however- just tan and beige.  The cheeseburger is a cheeseburger so there was no expectation there to begin with. 

To our dismay, none of the dishes were cooked as requested.  The pork should have been cooked medium, but came out dry and well done.  The duck should have been medium well, as requested, but came out medium rare.  The cheeseburger should have been medium, but was completely burnt and virtually inedible except for the very middle.  Now we know that meat can be tricky, and there is always a risk it won't be cooked to one's liking, but when you are paying $30 for a small piece of duck, it should be right!  Who knows where the fault lies - maybe the server didn't make the note on cooking temperature, maybe the chef didn't look at the ticket in the window, or maybe the runner didn't check the ticket before taking the dish out of the window.  Whatever the case may be, someone should have caught the mistake before it made it to my table.

Most of the reviews about Honey have been great - so it's very possible that this was an off night in the kitchen.  We understand that it happens.  However, for those of us that spend most of our disposable income at "nicer" restaurants - it is really difficult for us to give Honey another try after dropping $120 on a mediocre meal.  I'm sorry to say that we won't be back, at least on our dollar. 
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