judging by reviews read and my experience think we must have visited assaggi 2 (possibly in a parallel universe!!! )
the location is pretty dire in a rundown apartment block courtyard (complte with resident ´topcat´style brigade of stray cats on parade). this could be forgiven if some effort was made in terms of ambience in the restaurant or on the dark dismal terrace but had the feelin no money or very little has been spent on the place for some cosiderable time !!!
onto the food - the ´complmentary´amuse bouche served in what appeared to be a ceramic nite lite holder struggled to live up to its elaborate description, the cauliflower soup (which i love) managed to be overly rich and creamy whilst devoid of any taste of caulflower and a little stale tasting as though, heaven forbid, it had been made some days ago, the scallop perched in the middle was however tasty and perfectly cooked .
the duo of foie, was pretty tasty but the presentation whilst trying hard ended up looking pretty amatureish - oblong metal tray with walnut size ´blob´of warm foie directly on tray, confiture (jam) in that nite lite holder again!!! , biscottes (toast) in individual metal flan holder and the cold foi covering the bottom (just) of a 5 inch tall lid less old jam jar!!!
the rack of veal turned out to be a veal chop, not seasoned, pretty chewy and tastless served with a rather non descript gooey sauce on a bed of mash - all in all a bit of a mess!! the duo of fish whilst ok was simply 2 pan fried fillets (no rocket science there) on a sweet rather sickly fennel foam - oh how i dislke ´foams´- think they,ve had their day!!!
overall so disappointed as had been really looking forward to some fine dining based on reviews. when mentioned to the waiter the rather unbalanced menu with 7 steak based dishes, 1 fish, and 1 rabbit (no chicken, no pork, no lamb , no duck !!!) was told they were predominently a steak house and NOT fine dining (his words not mine) - i suggested then they really should not be charging fine dining prices - 2 starters, 2 mains, 1 x 16 euro bottle wine (good value the vino) - total 99 euros !!!
only 2 other tables of 2 on night we visited , so could hardly say thay were slammed - service was good - friendly and professional - chef walked by our table twice but never stopped for a little chat - perhaps just as well!!!
whilst might not quite be in need of a ramsey kitchen nightmare visit (yet) think as trading on gordon as their ´mentor´he,d probably say they need " a right good kick up the ****** **** !!!!!
really hope one day , maybe , to find assaggi 1 as per T.A. reviews but not holding my breath !!!
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