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“Expensive and a bit confused - weird ambience”
Review of Hermaea Restaurant - CLOSED

Hermaea Restaurant
Price range: US$30 - US$59
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 15 September 2013

We decided to go here on our first night's stay in the Mercure Hotel, as we were quite tired and hungry, but didn't want to risk eating a rubbish pizza elsewhere.
I'd have thought that the restaurant would have been in the large "lower deck" of the hotel on the beautiful mosaic floor, but it wasn't.
It's tucked away to the side of this, in a very strange brightly lit room.

The restaurant itself seems very very confused to me.
The lighting is such a contrast to what you walk through the hotel from. It's brightly lit with loads of neon glass with water bubbling through it. There's huge TV's in each corner, dominating the room showing MTV. When there's a massive TV in the room, you can't help but watch it, and we didn't like that.
The service seemed reasonably attentive, but did seem pretty stuffy (filleting fish at the table etc) and geared more towards the 5 course fine dining experience.

I'm not especially into "fine dining" but do enjoy quality food and good restaurants, and have visited many in London.
This restaurant is trying to be a fine dining experience, with a modern twist, but it genuinely just comes across as reallt confused. The ambience is all wrong for me - It reminded me of an upmarket curry house in Bradford - Over the top lighting an massive TV's, and everything decorated in white.

The Italian way is to eat many courses and make a big deal of things.. Lots of the restaurants in Sardegna are like that, but it's just something that we don't do in Britain as such, and so we often opt for a pizza, a beer and an espresso, which we did in this case.
The price of the pizza was reasonable (€6-€10) but I thought that price of the mineral water was pretty ridiculous €4-€5 for a bottle of water and €5 for a beer from memory.

The pizza itself was fantastic (apologies for the photo of the half eaten pizza, but we just got stuck in!) You could tell that the quality of ingredients was good - also there was buffalo Mozzarella on it, and not just a mass of cheese all over the pizza like many others we'd had in Sardinia.
This was one of the best quality pizza's we'd had on our holiday, and the closest to Neapolitan pizza I'd tried here.

All in all, it's good pizza but they should turn down the lights as it's super cheesy in there.

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Thank mdotpasq
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Reviewed 10 August 2013

We dined here during our stay at the hotel, the food is of a very high standards as is the service. Good menu to keep children and parents happy and quality Sardinian wine too. Thoroughly recommended.

Thank Sophylady
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Reviewed 24 May 2013

We were staying at the Mercure Hermaea Hotel and decided to eat at the restaurant one evening instead of heading into town and were not disappointed. The setting is very modern, the service is very professional, friendly and efficient. The menu included a good range of food of excellent quality, imaginatively prepared and presented. We enjoyed the whole experience. A high class dining experience in a modern setting. If you want to eat simply, there is also a range of pizza at very reasonable cost, although we did not sample these so can't comment on these.

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Thank jeccu
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

We had dinner and wine at the restaurant and the food was excellent for the price and the service was outstanding.

Thank EUROPEEXPERT
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Reviewed 29 October 2012

Nice friendly atmosphere with great customer service. The staff were very understanding of our lack of Italian and translated the Italian menu very well for us :o)

Thank Stefan D
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