We visited S'ametiler based on trip advisor reviews and a personal recommendation from an islander, and can't believe that it was the same restaurant that has received all these glowing recommendations.
We can only think that there was a less experienced chef/there were staffing issues on the night we visited.
We enjoy a wide range of 'good' food from street food to Michelin starred restaurants and always seek out recommended restaurants when on holiday and are generally not disappointed. This is unfortunately the first time I have felt strongly enough to post a review.
When we arrived there was a table of 10 already seated and we were the next table seated.
The menu is an interesting formula with a choice of three courses, water, a glass of wine and bread included for 24 Eur. The Spanish menu is well explained by the chatty owner.
However, it took 70 minutes for my starter to arrive and 75 minutes for my husband's, in a small restaurant - the number of eaters was probably 18 at its busiest (We did have an Amuse Bouche during this wait). The choice of starters were essentially three salads or 'scrambled eggs'. When our salad and eggs finally arrived they were uninspiring and ordinary and I can't imagine what took 70/75 minutes to get them to the table. I like the concept of 'slow food' if it is worth waiting for.
Our main courses arrived about 30/40 minutes later. I have to say, my black rice risotto was good. The other dish - duck was tasty, but the look of the fruit sauce accompanying it defied polite description - (it was a gloopy red mass), it tasted OK - but it certainly wasn't exceptional.
I left most of my pudding, which my husband would testify rarely happens.
All in all it just seemed chaotic. We noticed that the table of 10 also had long waits for all the meals at each course to arrive and some of the party members could well have finished their food before others were served. The waitress seemed incapable of carrying more than one and at most two plates at a time and dirty glasses and empty bottles were left out on the side in full view of diners, rather than taken back to the bar area and dealt with properly. Children, presumably of employees/owner walked through the restaurant with take away food.
Essentially we were just really surprised and disappointed with our poor experience and hope that it was an indeed untypical, but I am afraid that we will not be testing this out.
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