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“Basic Mistakes”
Review of Fasano Restaurante

Fasano Restaurante
Ranked #10 of 23 Restaurants in La Barra
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
São Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Basic Mistakes”
Reviewed 14 January 2014

Execution is everything. The problem with this restaurant is not the really simple menu (some might say "confort food"), or the really "proud" hostess. I don´t see a problem charging high for basic stuff, Craft in New York dominates this practice, but it has to be perfect.

This restaurant is centered around a beatifull site, that two nights ago was infested with mosquitoes. I imagine that during proper conditions the view would do the trick for people that aren´t really into good food.

The menu itself boosts some really simple stuff, and within a big table I had the opportunity to try around 8 dishes.

Starters:
Seafood mix in white wine - Seasoning was only ok, scallops were not fresh and boosted some unpleasant flavors
Octopus carpaccio - The only perfect dish of the night

Mains:
- Duck ravioli - Completely overpowered by the orange, you could only feel a hint of the duck
- Meat ravioli - A little dry, the sauce was ok
- "Merluza Negra" - Sides were too sweet, and the fish itself a little overcooked, did not work
- Lamb entrecote - Almost perfect, the meat was extraordinary, sides were ok
- Lamb rack - The meat was prepared in an adequate manner, however the dish suffered from a conceptual mistake, it strived for some sauce (had almost none)

Desserts:
- Dulce de leche tasting - Just ok, nothing memorable most of this dishes with little portions lack punch, this is no exception
- Dulce de leche flan - Lacks personality, while the texture was spot on, the flan was flavorless

All in all, there are better ways to spend US$ 150 per person, even in Punta were the food is really lacking.

  • Visited January 2014
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Weston, Florida
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105 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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“Another Top 5”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

This restaurant is located in the original "estancia", a huge elevated land where the hotel lobby and the restaurant (and the library) are located.
Love the food (nice risotto) and the ambience is superb

Visited December 2013
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Punta del Este, Uruguay
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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“Nice Decor”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

On the plus side the location and decor are interesting, the view great, the guests are generally beautiful and it's trendy. The drinks at the bar are very good and the service we received was friendly. But be prepared for a long wait even for the 11pm service and there are only about 8 seats at the bar and there is nowhere else to wait comfortably. The table seating is very tight and the food is both mediocre and very expensive for what it is - over US$50 for a bowl of pasta. If being part of the 'scene' is the priority over the food or value then its certainly worth trying.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Kirt1
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Maltagalpa
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“Only value is the view”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

We went there for the ambiance and the view. However, we found the service very bad, and the food shocklingly mediocre. Despite making a reservation, our table was being "prepared" for about an hour. When finally seated, they did not give us menus. The Food was highly overpriced. There are many amazing restaurants in Barra and Punta. This is not one of them. They also do an odd practice of charging in dollars and then giving change in Uruguayan Pesos and charge an awful rate to convert pesos to dollars. We are in uruguay! This is just another way to make a profit, while providing no value to the customer.I recommend not eating here, instead just getting a drink (Dona Paula wine!) during the evening and seeing the sunset.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Gabriel G
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“Lost Magic”
Reviewed 2 February 2013

During a visit to this charming hotel, enchanted by the beauty of the place and the staff's attention, we decided to make a reservation for dinner the next night.
The Maitre was very helpful, showed us the restaurant and told us we could choose any table since they didn't have nay reservations so far.
We chose the only table where the four of us would enjoy the view of the beautiful landscape around us.
To our surprise, next night, when we arrived - punctually - at the restaurant, the table was occupied by other people already starting to be attended.
Although disappointed, we accepted another table, without the same view of the surroundings and one of the couples sitting backwards to the view. The service was very attentive, staff was polite yet nice and friendly, the food was very good, but part of the magic was lost with the failed reservation.
Yet, I would give it another try, since I could really have the table I expected.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank vivi_vai
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