3 of us visited The Disgruntled Chef last night and we initially ordered the Salt of the Sea and Seared Scallop Carpaccio from the small plate item, Roasted Mushroom from the sides, and the Crackling Suckling Pig and Snow Crab Pasta from the big plate items. We had wanted to order the Marcaroni and Cheese as well but the waitress told us the portion of the pasta and suckling pig were big and could serve 2-3 pax, so we did not order the macaroni and cheese.
When the food came, we got a shock as the portion was mini and nowhere big. The portion of snow crab pasta ($29) was so small that we thought a kid could have easily wiped out 1 plate. When 3 of us adults shared the dish, each of us could only have a few mouthful. And there was also hardly any snow crab in it.
The salt of the sea, which was fried fish skin, the scallop and mushroom were nice but nothing to cry for. I espceially liked the scallop though my friends thought that it was nothing special.
When the suckling pig came, we got another shock of our life! At $68, we had expected half of the pig but we were only served about 6 pieces of pork (or rather bones)! For this dish, we would say that luckily the portion was mini because when the dish came, we could smell the strong smell of pig. When I took 1 piece, the smell was so strong that I almost puked. We thought we need to eat it with the mustard seeds so we tried another piece and again I wanted to puke. Besides the strong foul smell, the skin was also very hard and not crispy at all and the meat was also very dry. Most of it were bones. We had tried suckling pigs at alot of restaurants and this one was the worst we had ever eaten!
As we were still not full, we ordered decided to order the crayfish macaroni and cheese, which was nice as I'm a cheese lover. However, we hardly see any crayfish, only some bits and pieces.
As we were very unsatisfied with our meal, we decided to order the creme brulee and sticky toffee pudding, which, were the saving grace. The pudding was very sweet but as I have a sweet tooth, I love it and it managed to get the pork smell out of my mind!
We spent $220 in total and overall, we think that it is not worth this price. For dempsey, we had expected this price, but we also expected a better experience, which sadly, we did not. The portion of the food and specially the suckling pig dish was such a disappointment that it ruin our overall dinning experience. For the price, we could easily have a more satisfying dinner at another restaurant at Dempsey.