My partner and I were seated and right away I knew what I wanted as a cocktail. Very succinctly I ordered a vodka martini, Grey goose vodka, shaken (not stirred), straight up with olives. The drink arrived lukewarm on a very hot evening. Aside from the fact that in my youth I was a bartender, anyone who shakes up a martini in a shaker anticipates that as it is strained out it is indeed cold! Five minutes later, the waiter arrived again and I politely told him the problem. Five minutes later the drink came back with ice cubes in it!!! What a complete and utterly incompetent bartender this is. Again I sent the drink back and after waiting 15 minutes, I was told that my glass was being chilled with ice water! This was just a joke at this point. I did not ask for a cold glass, I asked for a cold martini. Am I wrong in the opinion that this drink is a classic all over the world and the expectation that a restaurant of this stature with thousands of international visitors could get this so wrong points to an utterly incompetent barservice.
The food we both thought was pretentious and the portions unacceptably small. I ordered two appetizers, the main course and a dessert and was still hungry.
I would not go back again and I would certainly not recommend it to anyone.
Michael Blackie and management take notice...what a pity after Kurt Waldele.
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