Sunday, June 13, 2010


In theory, our night at Poco sounded hauntingly close to perfect. For starters, some gal pals and I were stopping by for some food and drinks before we cozied up (and then nearly dozed off) to Sex and the City 2. And, we were armed with not one but two Groupon deals which were going to get us $100 worth of food and drink for $50. Split four ways and this was looking like the deal of the century. Seemingly way too good to be true. And so, inevitably, it was.

The food at Poco was quite uninspired and under-seasoned (although the truffle croquettes were unarguably good, the lobster mac-n-cheese hadn't seen so much as a sprinkle of salt, and the cheese plate tasted like flavorless wax), the drinks way too syrupy sweet, and the service, practically comical. Although, towards the end, our server's attitude and inattentiveness became less and less funny and more and more irritating (i.e. not writing down our orders and then screwing things up and blaming it on us kind of thing). Especially when I had to nearly stand up and wave both arms wildly while jumping up and down to really drive it home to our waiter that we were, in fact, ready for the check. We'd been unsuccessfully trying to flag him down for the past 15 minutes.

So if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all, right? Wrong. Because even with a Groupon "deal" we ended up forking over more money than the experience merited. And I've got a big problem with that. When nights out on the town are few and far between for many, mediocrity and carelessness are absolutely inexcusable. And Poco, you should know better.

Mushroom Truffle Croquettes

Lobster Mac-n-Cheese

Calamari with Honey Chipotle Aioli (which was MIA) and Roasted Piquillo Pepper Salad

Cheese Plate. Snooze.

Deep Thoughts by Sarah Eydt

FOOD: 25


LOOK: 12




Arax-Rae Van Buren said...

I totally agree with this. I've had the lobster mac there before and it bordered inedible. Which, we all know, for me is a rarity.

Nadina said...

Im glad you write the great and the bad. People should be warned before heading in.

When I ordered wine he insisted I said champagne. Pronunciation wise it seems incredibly difficult to confuse the two.

Kiira Leess said...

arax - didn't know you'd been! had i known, i would've consulted you ;)

nadina - glad you're approving of the less than flattering review. something had to be said!

Anonymous said...

Epic fail. You're right: Going out to eat is a rarity for most people, so when you finally get the opportunity to dine out, you want it to be good. It doesn't have to be perfect, but it definitely has to be enjoyable.

Kiira Leess said...

thanks for the comment, michelle! while i know not every place is going to knock it out of the park, this wasn't even satisfactory. boo to that.


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