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Food Critic Gives Zero-Star Review to Kardashian-Approved Hot Spot

Food Critic Gives Zero-Star Review to Kardashian-Approved Hot Spot

The critic called the pad thai 'bland and pale and gummy'

The Kardashians have been spotted at the restaurant.

Tao Los Angeles, a pan-Asian restaurant known for its stylish décor and celebrity clients including the Kardashian clan, recently received a zero-star review from LA Weekly’s Besha Rodell, an Australian-born, James Beard Award-winning food critic.

Rodell starts off her review, headlined "Tao in Hollywood Is Worse Than We Imagined," challenging the pre-conceived notion that “the privileged among us eat well, while the poor eat poorly” saying that “it would be more accurate to say that the very wealthy in this country have some of the worst taste when it comes to food.”

In addition to commenting on the gaudy Asian-inspired interior, Rodell claimed that the dumpling skins were “so thick and glutinous that eating them was a little like biting into semi-coagulated library paste,” the pad thai was “bland and pale and gummy,” and an uni hand roll looked like a “rice ice cream cone.”

To say that the prices of the dishes (with some costing up to $100) didn’t match up to Rodell’s expectations is an understatement.

However, Rodell went a little easier on the giant fortune cookie dessert and said it was “gimmicky, ridiculous, kinda fun to eat.”

The Kardashian clan, along with other celebrties, frequent the restaurant as well as its outpost in Las Vegas and and East Coast location in New York which is a favorite of fellow reality star Teresa Giudice of Real Housewives of New Jersey.

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