Ah, Greg Cox is about to review the one restaurant that he and I disagree on: Bloomsbury Bistro. I respect Chef John Toler, and I understand why folks love this restaurant, but after eating there 4 times over the years, I’ve yet to have a meal that left me satisfied. The menu is disjointed. The food can sometimes be excellent, but other times, just OK. The restaurant currently has a 5-star rating, but that rating is from nearly 10 years ago, so it appears Greg is taking another look at it. Frankly, with the paucity of restaurant openings in the area, this is a good time for him to revisit these “old friends.”
Here are this week’s odds.
5 stars — 2 to 1
4.5 stars — 3 to 2
4 stars — 5 to 1
3.5 stars — 20 to 1
3 stars — 80 to 1
2.5 stars — 1200 to 1
2 stars — 25,000 to 1
1 to 1.5 stars — 9,356,441,000 to 1
So, what’s Bloomsbury Bistro going to get? If I had to lay down a twenty, I’m guessing 4-1/2 stars (and I’ve repeatedly argued directly with Greg about this place, so maybe I’ve tainted him), but Greg’s fondness for the place may keep it in the 5 star world.
Edit: Greg Cox awarded Bloomsbury Bistro 4-1/2 stars. The review contains no criticisms of the place, so I’m slightly surprised it didn’t get the full 5 stars which it had been carrying. Of course, this is the first time that Bloomsbury Bistro was reviewed under the N&O’s 5 star system, as it had been a 4 star place and was just bumped up to that 5th star using the new scale. Anyhow, 4-1/2 stars is probably right for this place.