A restaurant week retrospective continues

Our second 2006 restaurant week outing was at 100 King in Oldtown, though it didn’t really end up being an RW outing – we mostly ordered off the regular menu. This is a place that promotes tapas-style offerings from the same people behind the always pleasant Lebanese Taverna. That was enough to get us in the door – I think that if we were to go to Lebanese Taverna and my darling girlfriend didn’t order the chicken shawarma I might die of shock. Or of irritation, since I wouldn’t get to pick some off her plate. So we had an expectation that we’d get that kind of quality but with a little something more – after all, the writeup on OpenTable stated that “Denis Soriano’s tantalizing menu boasts bold flavors from the Mediterranean rim region.”

In reality, the offerings seemed very much the same as Lebanese Taverna in taste and style if not in exact menu items. Not to say that is a bad thing, but somehow we expected something more. In fairness, the price compares favorably to LT with a more upscale decour. So favorably, in fact, that about half of us ended up ordering off the regular menu rather than the restaurant week $30.06 selections because the standard prices were so economical.

While the food was fine and the location attractive, I don’t know that we’ll be back. There’s so many great places to eat in this town that I don’t see much reason to deal with Oldtown’s iffy accessability for a meal that’s just “okay.”

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