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Re: “Park Squeeze

Why I won't be returning...
Based on reading other reviews, I was looking forward to having lunch at the Park Squeeze, but the actual dining experience didn't live up to its reputation. They do a nice job of using a very confined space, and the service is prompt and attentive, but the food just didn't measure up. After looking over a very promising menu, we ordered a shrimp wasabi wrap and a bowl of soup. It was clear that the wrap was made with a variety fresh, high-quality ingredients -- with the exception of shrimp. After several bites, we wondered whether the kitchen staff had forgotten to put it in. Finally, after careful searching, we located four tiny shrimp -- a very skimpy serving. As for the wasabi, there was no discernible flavor of wasabi, or of anything else. It was one of the most bland, flavorless wraps I have tasted. The soup was beautifully presented, but as I tasted it, the broth (I had ordered chicken broth) was dark and salty with a strong flavor of soy and salt, but no chicken flavor. I asked the kitchen staff whether they had made the soup with miso broth by mistake, but they assured me that they had used chicken broth, and that they use soy in making their chicken broth. I can see only two possibilities: either they lied to me and it was actually miso broth, or else their chicken broth is so laden with soy and salt that it tastes like miso. Neither alternative is very reassuring. As in the wrap, the protein was very skimpy, but the main problem, once again, was the flavor. Definitely not worth the nearly $10 that they charge for it even if the broth had tasted of chicken. I'm sorry, but fresh ingredients and correct politics aren't enough. The food has to have some flavor. Food: 2 Ambiance: 4 Service: 4

Posted by RustyProf on 03/03/2007 at 12:19 PM

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