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April 30, 2014

Just finished my last restaurant meal for the next couple of weeks. I’m a big believer in preparing your own meals to keep things as healthy and nutritious as possible but the past few days have definitely been restaurant heavy. I’ve tried to keep things lean and not use it as an excuse to indulge, but you never know exactly how something is cooked (hello salt and butter!) unless you do it yourself.

Decided to try a recently re-branded restaurant in my ‘hood called Roux. It bills itself as an upscale Creole restaurant with French, Cajun and Southern influences. I had the grilled mackerel with cauliflower puree which sounded right up my alley but wasn’t exactly what I expected.  Honestly, I was mainly disappointed with the size of the meal. The veggies on my plate consisted of an asparagus spear, a single piece of red pepper, one stalk of rapini and half of a brussel sprout. The promised cauliflower puree horseradish was little more than a smear on the plate and didn’t taste the least bit of anything resembling horseradish. The fish however, was beautifully done. Perfectly grilled and seasoned very well. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to fill me up. I needed some trail mix when I got home.

On the way out we saw a caeser salad being delivered to another table.  I swear I could almost count the number of romaine hearts under the two shavings of parmesan cheese. Actually most of the dishes we saw on other tables suffered from the same tiny portion sizes. My friend ordered the 10 ounce pork chop which was obviously a good size, but the accompanying corn bread was about the length and thickness of a ring finger and his vegetable serving mirrored mine.

While I do believe that over-sized portions are a big problem in the restaurant industry and we all need to be aware of quality over quantity, receiving only ONE asparagus spear or HALF a brussel sprout is a bit on the stingy side. Throw a few more veggies on the plate and I’ll be back!

From → Restaurants

  1. Ohh, I totally agree!!! Lots of veggies is always a great thing!! I like when restaurants give a medium sized portion! It definitely sounds like they need to portion better!! Sides (salads, bread, vegetables, etc.) are equally important to your dining experience and should not be overlooked!

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