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Posted by Andrea on 05/26/2008
I have now been to Resto three times. The first time, the famed burger was so salty I could barely eat it. The second time was not memorable, but I wanted to give it another chance because there are so few good restaurants in this area. The third, and final time, I was charged $19 for 4 stalks of asparagus. The asparagus was a special that was not on the menu. It supposedly came with ramps, morels and a quail egg. It arrived as a very small side consisting of 4 extremely slender stalks of asparagus and without ramps. It was nothing special in fact, it was bland. I was shocked to see the price of $19 when the bill arrived. The waitress had not mentioned the price when we ordered, which I think should be a given when a paltry side is the same price as most of the main courses at an establishment. Regardless, this could be forgiven if the dish had been great, or the service was great, or if ANYTHING was great. But it wasn't. The food sounds great on the menu, but it is always a disappointment ranging from mediocre (the asparagus) to inedible (overly salty burger, lamb ribs that are almost entirely fat). The service is rushed and with an attitude. I have given Resto enough chances and I will not be going back.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/26/2008
This restaurant was a big disappointment. We went there because NY Mag rated the burger as the best of 2008, but it turned out be way overdone, served on an elementary-school-cafeteria bun, and had an almost indescribably horrific aftertaste. We also ordered the moule frites.... the mussels were overcooked and chalky-tasting, and the frites, while being the only remotely edible thing we ordered, were still rather sub-par. The atmosphere was cool and service decent, and our waiter recommended a delicious bottle of red wine (the corbieres), but the food was not good and very overpriced. I don't recommend anyone make the mistake of going here.
Posted by Silent K on 05/17/2008
I was there last night - Friday May 16th, 2008. For appetizers we had the deviled egg and the bitter ballen. Both were quite good. The beer selection is quite decent, but the compliments to Resto stop there. We ordered the Moules Frites (mussels) with Vermont bacon and creamed leeks. The mussels were cooked fine, but were tasteless. Where was the vermont bacon and creamed leeks? They were supposed to come with frites and we had to remind our waitress to bring them, twice. The burger was extremely sub par. It's a very small, high-fat (not necessarily meaning tasty) and served on a minuscule white bread bun (white bread!?). They would not cook it medium-rare and gave me a bit of attitude when I requested it that way: "we only serve the burger one way." I figured that I would trust the chef's judgement - but this guy isn't tasting his food. I've had $5 burgers that have tasted FAR better than Resto's poor excuse for a burger. We also ordered the Brussels Sprout Stoempt. This was as a side dish to the burger - a burger that comes with frites. Now, an intelligent waitress might warn a customer if they have ordered two potato dishes without knowing it. I was expecting Brussels sprouts, but instead I got a dish of mashed potato with about 4 Brussels sprouts leafs scattered throughout. This was extremely upsetting. The waitress did take this off the menu when I expressed the point that the menu was unclear and that she made the blunder of not informing us. The pulled pork sandwich (a special that night) sounded very tasty - but they were serving it on white bread. WHY? Other than the good beer selection and nice decor - and the bitter ballen - this place is not recommended.
Posted by LB on 04/28/2008
Was there yesterday for brunch. Heard a lot of hype about the burger so was excited. The hostess was very nice, however our waitress was rude. The first thing she said to us was "Have you decided" in a monotone voice. My egg white fritatta with sunchokes was missing sunchokes (i.e. blob of egg whites), my friend wanted her burger cooked medium, waitress refused and gave her an attitude. Service was slow, menu is WAY too limited. Cute atmosphere but I would not go back, really disappointing. . I was actually quite shocked about how sub-par it was.
Posted by jdm on 04/24/2008
Went there for lunch a few days ago - the food, service was fantastic!. There were two of us and we shared the deviled eggs, prawns, ballen (meatballs) and lamb ribs - each was better the one before. For an entree (yes we ate more!), it was Belgian Hangover Pasta which was perfect. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Posted by Anon on 04/23/2008
The steak frites is the best I've had and I've had quite a few in my time. The beef cheek carbonnade is also amazingly delicious, though it could use some more of the carrots and would definitely benefit from a little bit of greens on the side to balance the richness. Service and beer selection are both great as well. Overall, a definite favorite of mine.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/23/2008
The people writing these negative reviews must be very picky and I thought I was! I love this place! The Bitter Ballen appetizer is amazing and of course goes great with my favorite Belgian beer Hoegaarden, although I was surprised they didn't have it on tap. And the frites were excellent also. The sweet chili sauce is awesome! I like my frites crispy so I get mine well done. I will definitely be going back!