My girlfriend and I recently went to the Vermont Inn curious to experience the food and service now that the Inn is open again. The outside patio and view of Pico were really spectacular and the décor and atmosphere made us believe we would be receiving a great meal but sadly this was not the case. To start I ordered the roast garlic soup but received instead a bowl of either beef broth or store bought demi glace that had a slick of oil floating on the top. Raw chunks of garlic and raw halved cherry tomatoes were all one could find floating in the soup except of course for the burnt over hard egg, weird! My "roast garlic soup" which by the way did not contain any roast garlic came accompanied by two pieces of dry burnt toast just to top it off. My girlfriend got a salad to start which was another disappointment. The salad was simply mizuna greens that were wilted with two halved cherry tomatoes, no shallots no herbs no anything else except greens in a bowl. For my entrée I ordered the rib-eye which for 25 dollars doesn't even come with any starch which I ordered and was thoroughly disappointed with. The steak I ordered med-rare came out med-well, and the sides of broccolini, and some sort of weird green pepper and red onion mixture were poorly executed, unseasoned, and just down right bizarre. My girlfriend got the smoked salmon for her entrée and the dish consisted of more burnt toast, the same salad she had just eaten, slimy smoked salmon, a few capers, and a chunk of red onion. The smoked salmon was served on a piece of slate which was unique but the certainly could not make up for the monstrosity that was put on it. I am not hard to please and I am rarely compelled to write reviews but I don't want another person wasting their time or hard earned money on awful food clearly prepared by someone who doesn't know what they are doing, or just doesn't care.
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