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“Poor quality of food for high price”
Review of Gibellini

Gibellini
Cuisines: South American
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

Me and my boyfriend went to this restaurant because it looked very cosy and we had an impression that it should be very personal and informal (not too expensive). We wanted to eat some sea food or fish and the chef said he didn't have three of the four sea food/ fish dishes that were on the short menu of the restaurant. We ended up having a plate of gnocci and mussels a la provencale. I had a feeling that the mussels were the ones you buy frozen in a supermarket and the sauce was really poor. Both gnocci (you have to pay extra for the sauce) and the mussels were highly overpriced. We ended up paying almoust 1200 Uruguayan pesos for two dishes, two glasses of wine, a bottle of water and one dessert. This would have been ok, if the quality of food and wine had corresponded to the price. We left the place with a feeling that somebody took advantage of our innocence:). I am happy for those who say they enjoyed the place. Me and my boyfriend would never go back and would never recommend it to a friend.

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1  Thank Justina A
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

The restaurant is fantastic in its decoration, I really loved it. The food was good but only my ravioli (too much parsley) because the mussels eaten by my partner were terrible. The portions were very small and overpriced. I think that more attention should be provided to these details to improve the service. It could be great but was not!

1  Thank Nadiatumaini
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Reviewed 30 October 2013 via mobile

It is a shame that some experiences tarnish the last impressions and good memories of an otherwise pleasant trip.

This restaurant on our last day and meal ( lunch) in Colonia left us with a bitter taste : it s a small unassuming place, three tables lined on the sidewalk, a young girl dressed in shorts and flip flops to waitress, give the feel of a cafe rather than a restaurant. Inside vintage memorabilia make the place somewhat unusual for an otherwise standard tourist town. Once seated, menu in hands, prices are high but it is only when you receive the small portions and simple homey food that you realise to which extent.

We ordered as a side dish a small plate of cheese ( one single cheese thinly sliced ) which was not in the menu and were charged 450 uruguayan pesos for it. As much as the main dish.

The total was 1700 uruguayan pesos for two main dishes, a bottle of wine, a very small cheese plate. But the real ripoff is the exchange rate the waitress ( who is the owner as well) gave us: 890 argentinian pesos!!!

This amounts to more than 100 euros . We live in Paris and for that amount you have a real meal in a nice little restaurant with no bad surprises.

I did tell the girl about the outrageaous bill. She said her place was special... Special for the prices bad attitude and poor food, yes.

3  Thank Romana2002
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Reviewed 23 October 2013

This restaurant is a great little hidden gem in Colonia. On a cobblestone street of the main road, this little place has great ambiance and great food. There are not a lot of choices on the menu, but that doesn't matter, since what is offered is really good! The ambiance and music was quirky and excellent.

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2  Thank Linda N
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

Calsey and I were in Colonia for 2 days in June 2013, while going from BsAs to Montevideo. Colonia is a very cute town. We rode a double bicycle around the place as well as walking everywhere, taking advantage of the smallness of the town. We stumbled upon this restaurant and felt immediately attracted to it, so we checked it out. It´s located on a beautiful intersection where old tall trees filled both streets.... This place is very small and cosy... the owner-chef-waiter is a quite interesting character... Argentinian chef that worked for many years in BsAs and obtained a good reputation, but one day decided to make some changes in life and moved to Colonia. Prices are high for a southamerican restaurant unless is a fine dinning one. You can´t hardly compare it with a typical fine dinning restaurant... But we understood the other hidden values that had to be consider to be fair when obtaining a good critique...We consider this place to be one to visit once, if you appreciate uniqueness and charm, go in, relax and enjoy your night...if you look for something more main stream and price;it´s not your place.

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2  Thank Claudio B
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