Respond to Review of CLOSED: La Mano Verde
Review: We came to this place for lunch on a Tuesday afternoon, and opted for lunch over dinner because the lunch set-menu seemed to be good value (14.50 for three courses), but the a-la-carte menu was very pricey. We were very excited to come to my restauarant, as my brother had come a couple of years back and said it was one of the best vegan restaurants he had been to in his life. The restaurant is really nice inside and the service was excellent, but unfortunately we were quite disappointed both with the menu (which seemed to be very pasta oriented) and the food we ordered. We ordered one raw lasagne (with pistachio and cashew cream), and one three course meal involving a rocket salad, pasta with Mediterranean vegetables and rocket pesto, and a coconut mouse dessert. The rocket salad was nice, but nothing spectacular. The raw lasagne was much larger than expected, excellently crafted and presented and was very filling (unlike other raw pastas I've had), but it was so rich (the layers of cashew and coconut cream were very thick) that I felt sick after eating about a quarter of it. I really stubbled to get eat 3/4 of it, and my partner couldn't even eat an eighth of it. The pasta dish tasted really nice, but there was so much oil in the pesto sitting at the bottom of the plate that every piece of pasta was literally dripping with oil when we took it from the dish. After eating about half the dish, my partner felt sick and couldn't eat any more. The coconut moose was nice, but nothing special. We left feeling really disappointed. The meal wasn't cheap, but eating it was a struggle rather than an enjoyable experience. In general, we really like to support raw vegan restaurants, and don't like giving bad reviews, but given how many other great vegan options there are in Berlin (some of which we never got to visit, I don't think we will be visiting La Mano Verde again.