My wife and I just came back from this restaurant. We had a menú Degustació.
Final cost 90 EUR p/p.
Food is good. Trying a bit too much to impress and very elBulli style, yet after having been to elBulli, 41º and ElCeller we no longer get surprised by textures and shapes and will judge the food per se, and here the comparison gets cruel with Bo.Tic.
Great: the sardine entrée and a citrics dessert. Quite good also the piglet we got in exchange of lamb which we didn't want. Most things were good to very good but not memorable.
Perfectly correct and attentive. Very much on the traditional/robotic style of serving. Not my favourite, but no fault on them. I read some criticism on them so I guess now they are asked to be very (French) correct. I read critics on the lack of knowledge of languages. Now they speak English very well. Well above average.
MANAGEMENT- Small mistakes, slight arrogance and poor attention to detail.
- When I booked I said it was my wife's birthday. They could care less.
- I said I don't tolerate cheese. They just gave me the same dishes without the cheese. Not a single substitute for it. To the point of getting a filled roll... filled with air. Considering the Chef is a co-owner, I consider this a management mistake.
- Wine is grossly overpriced for the times being. Only a mafia guy or a herein wouldn't mind paying more than twice the retail price for most wines in the list. The iPad app is a gimmick, it doesn't bring any advantage to the wine selection process and I can see a few people getting a bit stuck with it.
- The Chef didn't come out to salute and his partner, supposedly the Maître d'Hotel, only was there to say bye and take my comments with a condescending smile and saying an unfelt "your opinion deserves respect". A bit tired of these Chefs who have a sister or partner in the dining room and they both decide that prestige should be shared. Sorry but when I go out to EAT the cook is the most important person there. If they want to share the spotlight the can start cooking themselves.
- Coffees were priced abusively. Around 3 euros each including VAT. I mentioned they had charged only one and not the one we had and they corrected and charged both coffees. A missed opportunity to have a nice detail. Have I paid more for a coffee? sure, but price here is very disproportionate to the menú pricing, just like wine. Am I the only one hating to be overcharged with lateral things after being attracted by a competitive price? Considering the fates of Drolma and Can Fabes I don't think so. Everytime I went to those places I had a bittersweet feeling due to abusive pricing.
OVERALL: Good but not great. Too much of an elBulli wannabe, and once the novelty is well past, I just can't see why little tasting small balls of tomato are better than real tomato.
I believe they should try harder to please considering they had 4 people for lunch on a Friday. Seeing that one co-owner (the chef) didn't even get out to say hi in a very relaxed workday and the other co-owner could care less about what clients think, I doubt they will get this place to keep it going up with the tough times chilling the economy and the not so great location. They are young and the chef shows talent. This place with the same chef and a really good Maître d'Hôtel would be another world. Maybe the co-owner could learn and become one. The question is, does she want to?
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