True Midtown Kitchen
|Cornbread as the "bread"|
The main complaint I have about True MK is the service or really the lack thereof. While of food was good, the waitress couldn't really tell us what anything on the menu was. She was also really slow and seemed to keep forgetting about us. For example, after getting our drink orders she said she's going to get us our cornbread to start. Another ten minutes went by before the bread actually made it to our table. Unfortunately, it was a sign of things to come.
Here's a rundown of what we actually ordered. We had the appetizer portion of the short ribs that came with a Thai peanut sauce and a side of dry rub. For $9, you get three ribs. That's a whopping 3 bucks per rib. Not to say it wasn't delicious, but that's pretty steep. The ribs were nice and juicy but the best part was the dry rub. It has distinctively middle eastern flavors. I'm sure I taste cumin and coriander along with the more traditional sugar, sea salt and cayenne. There's an entree portion of the ribs that would be very satisfying only if there's plenty more ribs.
|Kitchen & Dumplings ($17)|
The final dish that we ordered that night is the BBQ Scrimps and cheese grits. It came in a big soup bowl filled more than halfway with grits. Big, succulent shrimp topped it off. I didn't get a chance to try the shrimp but my friend said it was really good and cooked perfectly. I know that it's not just shrimp and grits. There's also some mushroom thrown into the mix. I did get to try to the grits. I ordered a side of it to taste. I thought it was ok. There was a lot of cheese but I thought it needed a little more seasoning.
When I spoke with one of the waitress, she hinted that the menu is not quite set in stone yet. It seems that the chef knows basically what he wants for this restaurant but is probably still feeling out what would work and what doesn't. I am hoping TMK can keep the quality up no matter what the final menu will be.
The service is definitely not what you expect from a restaurant of this caliber. My waitress apparently started out as the hostess and then was thrown on the floor. Let's just say typically when I get such service I don't return to a restaurant, but I am willing to give it another try sometime down the line.
One of my friends wanted to host a birthday dinner at True MK and she was told for a party of 15 or more it would be more like a catered event. The guests are not allowed to order off a menu. Instead, the party will be served one or two appetizers and have a choice of two or three entrees. My friend was quoted $38 a person. So apparently this is the way True MK deals with private parties. Good or bad? You decide.