Finally got to try Hatchet Hall.
(sorry in advance for the crappy pics; super dark in their dining room at night! LOL)
Started with a Moscow Mule, hearing that it was highly recommended:
This had to be one of the WORST cocktails I've ever had in my life. I thought my taste buds were shot, but I let my friends sip it also... yup. They all frowned and felt the same. Overbearing alcohol taste, couldn't taste anything else that was supposed to make it a real Moscow Mule. Terrible.
Winter Citrus, House Ricotta, Mizuna, Pomegranate, Deglet Dates, Almonds:
This was OK. It tasted like the individual ingredients; didn't really come together.
Red Deer Tartare, Green Peppercorn, Pine Nut, Pine Mushroom:
Was really excited to try this! Red Deer Tartare sounded exotic enough, and I was imagining just how much better this could be compared to a typical Beef Tartare. Sadly, this was our least favorite dish of the evening! It had an off-tasting aftertaste with every bite. One of my friends just stopped eating after taking 1 bite.
Wood Grilled Octopus, Runner Beans, Treviso, Lemon Aioli, Salsa Verde:
Couldn't wait to try this based on @thechez5's rec. And it was excellent! Really tender Octopus, worked great with the Runner Beans and Aioli.
Wood Grilled Peads & Barnett Pork Chop, Brown Butter Jus, Roasted Pumpkin:
Wasn't sure about this, until I saw @Aesthete wax poetic about it being the greatest pork chop ever! LOL. And?
Seriously, @Aesthete wasn't kidding: This is really the BEST Pork Chop I've ever had in a restaurant. It's got this FANTASTIC, deep porkiness, juicy, great balance of lean pork and some fat (but not overwhelming). I could not stop thinking about it after!
Moroccan Chickpeas, Harissa, Creme Fraiche:
Pretty good, but a bit too salty.
Beef Fat Potatoes, Roasted Garlic Aioli, Salsa Verde:
Another dish @Aesthete raved about, and it was excellent! It is indeed slightly crisped, but tender and just fantastic pseudo "fries" but so much more.
While the Pork Chop and Potatoes were great, the rest of the meal was rather mixed. By the end, we all felt the meal came across as overly heavy and had too many misses.
There might be more to try that might be great, but with so many misses for us, the only thing I'd come back for is the Pork Chop and Potatoes.