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From: [an eater]
Date: Friday, August 21, 2009
To: eater complaints dept.
Subject: Unimpressed by BLT Prime
I just have to vent about my miserable dining experience at BLT Prime last night. It was an informal engagement party for 14 people. Most of the seafood and sides were terrible. They put together "special seafood tasting platters" for the whole table. The server was pushing me to add kobe beef to the platter but I said no since most of us were eating steak as our entrees anyway. The lobster on the "appetizer tasting" was flavorless and rubbery. It's actually the only time in my entire life I have not finished lobster. Same goes for the shrimp. The crabcakes were bizarre. Fishy tasting with lots of fennel. The only decent part of the plates were the tuna tartare.
But the wine service was the real kicker. We were going to go through at least six or seven bottles of wine so I asked the sommelier to recommend non new world fruit bombs but to keep each bottle under 100. He actually scoffed at me. Then he said that there was a Lebanese bottle that he would recommend except "you can't afford it". I was pretty flabbergasted. We were spending well over 2000 on dinner. Couldn't service have been a little more civil? Also the hen of the woods mushrooms and the asparagus sides were incredibly salty and had to be sent back. I apologized to the server explaining to him that I have been in the restaurant industry for over ten years but was pretty shocked at the quality of the food and unfriendly wine service. He just seemed to want us out of there. Aren't we in a recession? Don't restaurants care about pissing off a table of 14 people? 14 people who will tell everyone they know to stay away? It was so incredibly disappointing.