We've had the farm egg served with wild mushrooms twice, both times properly seasoned. It is indeed appalling that your dish was over seasoned, but I think it is also an aberration.
I think Bacchanalia is held up against an unrealistic standard. For this city, it is the best. There is no other venue available in the metro area dishing up such elegant, delicious, well served, consistent food. And I don't know where you imagine you can have a more memorable dinner that is able deliver consistently. I feel that such restaurants serving more exciting/whimsical/creative dishes have considerably higher failure rates in execution.
Honestly, I think Atlanta is the element limiting Bacchanalia. Joel and Soto didn't leave us because our dining culture was too sophisticated. The folks over at Star Provisions are savvy, they serve what people want. And in that case, if Rodell, Kessler, et al can convince the folks around here to expect more, I suspect Bacchanalia will serve it up.
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