I am a chef, originally from NY, living in europe for the last 10 years, have worked almost everywhere so I know what I am talking about...
On vacation in NYC last week, decided to head over to Brooklyn because I am considering moving back, right, so we were wandering around aimlessly in Brooklyn, looking for somwhere to get some lunch on a Monday. We came to Rebar, were totally blown away by the restaurant itself. We were one of the first tables and were seated almost immediately. The hostess was pleasant as was the service staff. The dining room has a very comfortable ambience, (although upon close examination one could say that cleaning should take higher priority).
Upon receiving the menu, I was surprised to see that the menu almost mirrors that which I serve, organic, local, healthier ideals. I was very much looking forward to the food ordered. Unfortunately, I have never been as disappointed before. I ordered the pea soup as a starter. It was way too thick, had a shadow of burnt flavor and absolutly did not taste like fresh peas. I can imagine that it was the soup that was left over from saturday night before? It is a simple and beautiful thing when prepared correctly and horrid when not. It was horrid.
Then I had ordered the grilled cheese to go with it. It was the worst sandwich I have ever eaten! Bread was of good quality, but burned so that it destroyed the flavor of the cheese which was so incredibly salty that I needed a pint of beer to wash down the two bites I actually ate.
A message to the owners. I am in the job market and interested in relocating to Brooklyn....
Sorry to be so harsh but it is important to hear if you have any hope of living up to expectations.
Pros: My dream restaurant, decor is excellent, concept perfect
Cons: Food didn't measure up to expectations