I have to rate this average based on the experiences below. We had quality issues with us being three of eight total in the restaurant, so I wonder what the selection issues would be like on a full night. It has the feel of an expat managed restaurant where the expat owner/manager is either on extended leave or has left the restaurant in the hands of others and has gone on to open a branch in the next town….I have seen this a lot in asia for western Cuisines where you go to a classy place but something is missing.
Two friends and I met for dinner on friday January 3rd and were the only diners in the restaurant until two other tables were filled….this is not always unusual just two days after new year's eve, but the bar downstairs "Six to Twelve" was packed.
Service was "Strange"...
*dried out mini croissants was the bread served with dinner and all courses. It was as if they bought a bag from Villa market and heated them in a convection oven to serve as bread. This was the only bread served all night.
*A special was announced with a comment that they only had one special. When we went to order, the waiter announced that the special was already gone. When my friend asked for his second choice, the waiter said that there were two of those also, but they were also already gone (to one of the other four diners in the restaurant. This struck us as very strange in that they did announce a special, but they did not brief us on any selections with limited supply.
Food was great - very flavorful, well presented and served in a timely and professional manner. I also greatly enjoyed the house Shiraz. Complementary drinkers, appetizers and a palate cleanser were all served gratis as part of the meal. The courses were enjoyed by all.
A two entree meal with 4 drinks total and one shared desert came out to ~$65USD per person.
So, I can only rate Whale's Belly as average given that the service mis-ques were disturbing and made for a strange evening
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