Respond to Review of CLOSED: La Mano Verde
Review: I honestly don't get all these rave reviews. My partner and I came here for dinner and it was the worst meal we had during our 3-day culinary expedition in Berlin. First off, it's pretty far out. Decor was OK, just something you would expect from a restaurant like this. We got a snooty waitress; actually the whole atmosphere was kind of pretentious. Had the food been good, the attitude would have been slightly more bearable. It wasn't. That evening they had 6 main courses; only the tempeh steak looked remotely appetizing. The other 5 were pasta, tortellini, risotto, raw lasagne (all boring) and raw timbale (uninteresting). We weren't hungry anyway (good thing), so we just settled on two appetizers and the tempeh: Crispy Bombay rolls - Basically spring rolls stuffed with samosa filling. For me, as someone who loves and is used to Indian food, the flavor was too tame bordering on tasteless. Even the chutney was blah. Asparagus panna cotta - Had a subtle hint of asparagus, overall very plain. Sichuan tempeh steaks - Should be renamed tempeh chips. There were literally just 3-coin sized slices of fried tempeh. Came with a starchy cake/patty thing and dollops of sauces. All were bland. I had no idea where the Sichuan bit was. Hate misleading dish names. Well it wasn't all bad. Surprisingly, the balsamic vinegar that came with the bread, which our waitress wouldn't even give us until we asked, was really good. Very fruity and tangy. And that's about it. We paid around €50 plus tips including two drinks. Totally overpriced for what it was. There are a whole lot of other options where you'll get much more bang for your buck, and closer to the city center to boot.
Posted by jcjury on Friday, August 24, 2012