The setting, interior design and ambiance of the restaurant promise much: sophisticated, cool and comfortable. The waiting staff are friendly, efficient and authentically Italian speaking, which adds a great sense of authenticity to Cipriani's Italian origins. So our party of four sat down with enthusiasm and expectation. The menu provided the first jarred note - this is an Italian restaurant and yet half of the dishes offered were Japanese; thankfully no attempted fusion across the two cuisines, but a very odd twin offering... Each of us ordered from the Italian side of the menu and each of us were disappointed in some way - the Wagyu steaks were relatively well cooked, but were served in a mushroom sauce that managed to be both sickly sweet and over salted; heavy handed application of salt seemed to be a common to each of the served dishes. We were also all underwhelmed by the accompanying vegetables - wholly limited to a small bowl of something that might once have been white cabbage. I ordered Steak Tartar as a starter - it arrived as a slightly slimy pattie that simply looked like an uncooked quarterpounder burger accompanied by 4 very small squares of under-toasted and cold bread (the chef had simply refused my request for the dish to be served with a raw egg for reasons that were not clearly explained). The standard of cooking really isn't acceptable for a restaurant that aspires to be five star and which demands such outrageous prices for its dishes. Having set our expectations with the setting and staff, we felt suckered and swindled by a very poor meal. Stay away!
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.