Restaurant Review Roulette: Restaurant Eden

After last week’s review of bu.ku, where I was quite confident of what Greg Cox was going to do, I return to unfamiliar territory of restaurants about which I know nothing.  This time, it’s Durham’s Restaurant Eden, which based on its name strives to be a gustatory paradise.  Restaurant Eden opened in the same location of the beloved, but insufficiently busy Starlu.  The teaser in today’s N&O says that Eden has some hits and misses — but then, that’s what happened in the Book of Genesis, too, right?  Alas, that teaser shows that Eden may not be a 5 star place that defines a garden of paradise.   Another thing that suggests the same is that 5 of the 9 entrees on the menu include “Garden Veggies.”  Now, we know that the Garden of Eden was filled with lots of great things to eat, and one that was a bit taboo, but let me just say that I suspect that even Adam and Even never called anything “veggies.”  That’s a term used by the serpent or lazy marketing folks.  But even worse is for a restaurant to use these same veggies time and time again — that’s not paradise, folks, that’s Applebee’s.  Just sayin’.   And I also want to know if they serve apples or any other forbidden fruit in this restaurant.  Is it clothing optional, or is this Eden after the fall from grace?  So many questions.

So, without further ado, here are this week’s odds:

5 stars — 39 to 1

4.5 stars – 22 to 1

4 stars — 9 to 1

3.5 stars — 3 to 1

3 stars — 5 to 2

2.5 stars —  4 to 1

2 stars — 9 to 1

1.5 stars — 23 to 1

1 star — 58 to 1

Have you dined at Restaurant Eden?  If so, how many stars would you give it?  More importantly, how many stars do you think Greg Cox will bestow upon it?  And let me know if there are any serpents lurking about.


Edit, May 28, 2010 — Greg Cox gave Restaurant Eden 2.5 stars.  The review reads like the restaurant deserves more than that, as it focuses on somewhat misleading menu descriptions and a heavy hand with the balsamic reduction.  I suspect this is one review that was hurt by the paper’s space limitations.  Would love for Greg to post on his blog his thoughts on other dishes.


5 Responses to Restaurant Review Roulette: Restaurant Eden

  1. Hayden Tompkins says:

    Chris and I were underwhelmed by Eden though his steak was pretty spectacular…but that was pretty much it in the blow-me-away department.

    3.5 stars?

  2. lizounette says:

    I haven’t been to Eden, but know a friend who worked there. He said the place had really gone down hill; not having sweet tea, not turning on the ac, etc. they had even nixed carbinated beverages in an apparent attempt to save money.

  3. ML says:

    My husband and I ate there a while ago, and I should put a disclaimer that I was still in my first tri-mester of pregnancy and not perfectly fit to review a restaurant. We were really disappointed. This restaurant had the potential to be something very special, but it turned out to be an Applebee’s-esque experience. I had the “grilled cheese” and tomato soup, and it was less than spectacular. Overall what we remember of the experience is that the restaurant probably won’t last long.

  4. poopaskoopa says:

    His assessment of the seafood paella is about what I thought of it. The menu suggests a fine dining experience(well, something in between the likes of Lantern and… I dunno, what’s so not-too-fancy… Bocci?) but its execution is more like that of a family restaurant, and there’s nothing wrong with family restaurants but I do think that Eden’s initial impression suggests one but gives you the other.

    I’ve been there a few times and I found the service to be perhaps well-meaning, but inexperienced, at best each time.

    I’ll say this, though. These guys will put a lot of food on the every plate and their drinks will get you drunk. I can’t complain about the quantity/value there.

  5. Malvika says:

    I can’t imagine why andoyby would give you less than 5 stars. I love this app! It makes tuning my guitar so quick, easy and accurate. I’m an old-time programmer, and this is the first app I’ve found that didn’t make me say, Yeah, but I can do that just as well (or better) on a REAL computer.

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