This review is about the experience we had on the evening of Saturday 7th June whilst dining at Danni Garcia’s recently opened Restaurant at the Puente Romano Hotel Marbella
Before I get started on that you might want to know that we are Danni Garcia fans and have eaten twice at his Calima Restaurant at the Melia Don Pepe Hotel a couple of miles down the coast before he relocated to the Puente Romano bringing many of his original team with him
We have also met Danni twice most recently just ahead of our recent visit to his new restaurant at and have found him to be a pleasant approachable person who wants his customers to enjoy his food
This is a two Michelin star restaurant and we judged it against that background and the good fortune we have had to eat in many a Michelin gaff down the years. Overall the evening was not a success, mainly because of the service, partially because of the food but especially by the lamentable attitude of one the worst Sommeliers we have encountered
Now to the details.
Service. It was efficient. It was charmless. There was no attempt to engage with us as individuals. Throughout we felt as though we were watching an Audi being assembled rather than feeling the mutual warmth that can be generated by waiting staff with good levels of interpersonal skills. No one was rude. All were efficient in a very Teutonic way. We were very effectively processed
I stated that no one was rude. The Sommelier got close. We wanted advice about wine. This should solicit questions about what styles of wine we like, which grapes, which countries wines we enjoy - that sort of thing. Without exaggeration we have had friendlier service in a bar ordering beer. You know the sort of thing a good barman says “good evening” or “how can I help you”? or “what would you like”? I include these phrases in case the Sommelier would like to learn them. Customers should never be talked down to Mr Sommelier your knowledge is there to enhance their experience not your ego. Danni you used to employ one of the best Sommeliers we have ever met and now you have one of the worst
The food. Competently cooked high quality ingredients. We had a starter of Foie Gras with goats cheese followed by mains of Iberian Pork. The Foie Gras dish was something we enjoyed at Dannis previous restaurant. This time it had been left in the fridge a little too long which detracted from the flavour of the two key components. The Pork was beautifully tender with a great sauce and almost flavourless. We think the flavour was water bathed away in exchange for tenderness and texture. We like the menu flexibility in that you could order half or full portions. We were one modest eater and one greedy chap so this option worked well for us
Our bouches (mouths) were amused by tasty morsels turning up in boxes from time to time. High quality and better flavours than the dishes they were sent to support
We have eaten with Danni Garcia three times. Best meal by far was the second time. The only time Danni was in the kitchen on the night
Finally there is a theme to this restaurant. It is based on Alice in Wonderland. The title of this review is a line taken from the book. A book with a story full of personality, charm and reader engagement. Perhaps it is being used in an attempt to inject some personality in to this soulless restaurant but thats the role of the key staff working the restaurant floor who we think have never hear of Lewis Carroll. It’s very much a case of Michelin stars in their eyes
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