Spoon – Updated

by Rodzilla on January 27, 2011 · 2 comments

Though the food was fantastic, I left my last visit at Spoon with a bad taste in my mouth. I was so annoyed by the dismal service that I actually contacted Chef and proprietor Brian Pekarcik to let him know that his restaurant deserved better. After some reassurance from Chef Pekarcik that such issues would be addressed, I knew I would have to visit again.  Given my tendency to be an ass hold a grudge, it wasn’t until I saw Spoon rated as the #10 best new restaurant in the U.S. by the Gayot Guide that I finally made the reservation.

Appetizers

Favorite Selection from the bread basket – Cream cheese + Chives
Like a Cheddar bay biscuit from red lobster..but better
Classic Caesar
Gorgonzola Blue Cheese Souffle
Roasted pickled beets, citrus + fennel + baby arugula salad, blue cheese + honey, white balsamic vinaigrette
Crab “Salad”
Roasted pickled beets, citrus + fennel + baby arugala salad,
blue cheese, honey + white balsamic vinaigrette
Entrees
Boneless Beef Short Ribs
Garlic + creme fraiche whipped potatoes, baby arugala + blue cheese, roasted baby vegetables
Vegetarian Sampler
forrest mushroom + ricotta + goat cheese cannellonis, winter black truffle salad, celery root + mushroom soup

Miso Glazed Butterfish
Tempura praws, orange + chili glaze, sesame broccolni w/ sweet soy reduction, braised diakon, micro-cilantro


Dessert
Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream – made in house

The food was as good as ever, and I’m happy to report there were no issues with service this time around.  Our party actually had the same waiter as the previous visit, and though I was tempted to request another, I decided not to look like an asshole in front of my party.  That ended up being a good call, service had improved tenfold. The whole staff did an excellent job, our glasses were never empty for more than a few seconds, dishes arrived at a perfect pace, and Chef Pekarcik even stepped out of the kitchen to ask how our meals were.

With the service issues fixed, and given the quality of the food, I can’t recommend Spoon enough. A must visit for the Pittsburgh area.
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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kim Valentine

Everything looks amazing! I've definitely had some great meals ruined by bad service. Glad to see things turned out differently this time.

2 Anonymous

Needles to say, everybody has off days. Glad everything worked out for you this time.

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