Respond to Review of CLOSED: La Mano Verde
by Mr Jefferson
Review: We originally went to La Mano Verde in Wiesbadener a year ago and had a memorable dining experince. The food, the atmosphere and the service were all first class. We even got to speak to the chef who was very engaging and seemed to take pleasure in conversing with the diners. Returning to Berlin this year we knew we'd have to return for another meal. Sadly it would appear a year is a long time in the restuarant industry. The menu promised much but in reality delivered little. In particular the starter, Tapas Variation, had a strange unpleasent taste which we couldn't attribute to the list of ingrediants. Of the two starters and two mains we ordered, only the tempah skewers were above average and even then we didn't finish them as they were quite salty. We asked for the bill immediately after our mains and in fairness to the owner he asked us if everything was alright. It transpires however that main issue is in the kitchen. The head chef, with whom we held in high regard, after our first visit a year ago has left due to a personality clash with the owner. The new menu on offer was varied and inventive but doesn't deliver on the flavours. I am new to the 'Raw Food' concept but that should not affect the flavours on the plate. It must be said that there were other diners near us that loved their meal and were full of praise. It may be that we ordered the wrong dishes but certainly more time is needed on getting the most out of the food, which is afterall the reason we go to restaurants.