Monday, June 13, 2011
[If you're worried, we went to the Lobster House the night before.]
The Ebbitt Room has a reputation for innovation and excellence. We were excited even more by the history of head chef Lucas Manteca - he's worked at Martin Berasategui, The Fat Duck, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. The dishes described in articles from last year sound rustic and approachable enough for South Jersey, but interesting enough for...well, me. [snob]
Somewhere between last year and this year, they rewrote the menu, performing a strategic process I like to refer to as 'screwing the pooch'. We walked by the morning before our dinner and went right home to ask the Carsons [who got married at the Chalfonte and dine at the Ebbitt every year] what the hell happened to the interesting food. The menu ranged from seafood pasta to roast chicken to pork chop to steak and lobster. I assumed there must be a whole menu of specials that would illuminate the heavens and give diners with a pulse something to be interested in. There turned out to be two specials, and one of them was another species of steak.
Seriously, who decided to ruin the menu? I don't need an ipod with my seafood, but there's something weird at work.
This meat plate was quite good. Someone was a bit disturbed by the lardo, so I got to eat both pieces, but all of the cured meat and the olives were excellent. Those crackers were interesting too - I think you could call them home-made Wheat Thins.
Incidentally, I haven't apologized for the poor photography. Not sure what was up with that; it was still light outside and didn't seem that dark inside, but all the pictures suck.
Although I may just have to stick with fried chicken at the Chalfonte.