Shortly after it opened, I tried Table 24 for the first time. At that moment I was really pleasantly surprised. They served contemporary dishes, using fresh produce presented in a creative way. Even though it was not at the level of real fine dining (what you also cannot expect at the price level they position themselves), the food was definitely worth trying.
I decided yesterday to go back, hoping to still find the same experience. Unfortunately, things headed totally in the wrong way for Table 24.
I checked the menu on their website before making the reservation and saw a few dishes that I wanted to try. Upon arrival in the restaurant, I noticed that several of those dishes on the menu were striked through by hand, meaning they were not available. One of the 4 beers on their drinks menu is Delirium Tremens, a very nice Belgian specialty beer. They offer it at 14 dollar which makes this a very good deal. Unfortunately, also the Delirium was not available.
However, the real disappointment started when the food arrived. They still try to explore the limits of foodpairing (combining cauliflower with chocolate, combining tuna with chocolate,...) which I can really appreciate, but it makes no sense to try applying those kind of techniques if you use terrible produce and if you don't apply standard cooking techniques correctly.
Dry overcooked cauliflower was presented as amuse bouche. The cauliflower was cooked to death, and had no taste. The chocolate on top of it could not compensate for the dry unpleasant mouth experience.
The second dish was tuna. it was presented with one small piece of lettuce which was announced as romaine, what it defintely was not. The chocolate wasabi that was mentioned on the menu, was molten chocolate (no signs of any wasabi experience here)
When I thought it could not go worse, the scallops were served. Scallops that came straight from the deep freezer and that were terribly overcooked. Even though the chef tried to present them in a contemporary way, this is a dish that you try to forget as soon as you tasted the first bit.
The main dish. Angus Hangar. I have to admit, it was cooked to perfection. Medium rare, exactly the way it should be.However, the meat tasted not fresh and was not seasoned at all. On the other side of the table a Mahi Mahi was served. The fish was dry, overcooked but most of all, it was long over its due date.
At this moment, I really felt the need to talk to the manager of the restaurant. He admitted that they don't use fresh produce anymore. He had no explanation why this promising restaurant headed into this direction. I told him I did not dare to finish the main dishes and paid the bill.
I don't like to write a negative review, but this time I really felt I had no choice. Table 24 was really a promising restaurant at the start. They headed totally in the wrong direction.
Don't waste your money here anymore.