Jemima's review of Yerbabuena from Saturday, April 10, 2010 - 35814"/>

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by Jemima

Review: Close to Sol metro, it's a turn off Calle Mayor about a block down. The decor has a green theme. The front area seats as many as they could fit in but it isn't really too tight, not like Mildred's or maybe Riverside Vegetaria to name two that are squashier off the top of my head. I sat in the front, but I think there is other seating too. The first time I went they were absolutely packed with people standing waiting for seats to become available. I didn't stand a chance of eating there, I was on my own and a table for one wouldn't have been efficient for them. I went early for lunch another day before it was as busy. The menu is Western food and has some pictures, handy if you don't speak Spanish. There is a bit of English translation if I recall. I ordered the special for lunch which was without pictures. The waiter spoke no English except for "plum cake" and "good" so I took a punt. I thought I had ordered a main and dessert, so when the second course was savoury also I thought I was getting three courses. It turned out I had a starter and main. Not really sure what they were/ were called. The two were similar in size with the first containing a lot of potato and being fairly tasteless/ not so much a taste sensation and the second being a meat substitute I think, very dense and also sweet. It was so heavy I had to leave half the main. My stomach was absolutely compressed to maximum distention. My mouth didn't want anymore either as the sweet taste was disagreeable. I had a mixed juice beverage which was nice enough. The waiter that served me was very polite and nice. Their service gives the place a fine dining vibe as they are very courteous. I guess I can't complain about the lack of English, it is in Spain after all. It's a good idea to know this if you don't speak Spanish and really want to know what you're ordering though. You'll need to bring a translator. It was around €15-20 for the special and beverage. A fair price for what they're aiming at but they fell short... By the time I was through/ the lunch had conquered me, I made haste as much as I could to leave as by this time there were people eyeing up my table from the street outside. A rushed experience in which I left overfull but unsatisfied, similar to another person's sentiments, below.

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