My wife and I have dinner for her birthday last Saturday (2/28). \r
The interior of Catacombs is very Goth and cool, dungeonesque, so we are anticipating a unique and fun dining experience... There was a screw up from the hotel who told us not to make a reservation when we clearly needed one. The hostess and waitress were both excellent and completely took care of us, which is why the review gets 2 stars instead of one.\r
The food was hhit and miss. I had the Hungarian goulash which was barely palatable, and this is coming from a person who has had hungarian goulash in Hungary. The goulash is suppposed to be a beef thing, not big chunks of carrots and potato with a few scant pieces of beef mixed in. It appeared to be something like, they make a roast with carrots and potatos and etc... then, depending on the dish, throw spices on it and call it something different. Paprika makes it Hungarian, a bottle of guinness makes it Irish stew, etc... All you could taste was the paprika, so it was like a strong bitter dirt flavor over carrots and potatos. Good food is all about balance!\r
My wife has the garlic pizza with pesto sauce. She thinks this pizza would be fine as an appetizer, but not as a meal. Once again the spice/herb was overpowering and not balanced. I tried a bite and, well, my opinion is probably skewed because I don't believe pesto belongs on pizza, but it was very strong. 2 couples sitting beside us sent back 2 pizzas because they were burned so badly. The wood fired oven is supposed to give a little burn and that gives a little character, but these pizzas were the Bill Shatners of character.\r
My wife orders apple crisp and I order the cast iron cookie. The apple crisp was literally sliced apples with granola thrown on top. It was not cooked, no caramel, no brown sugar, etc, She sent it back. My cast iron cookie was one of the best deserts I have ever had, and a big hhit in my book. The Catacombs pub needs to lessen the misses and increase the hhits.
Pros: wait staff, dungeonesque decor, cast iron cookie