I am a connoisseur of flavour when it comes to vegetarian cuisine. After reading so many great reviews, I had been wanting to come to this restaurant for a few years now, so was in town and excited to bring a friend for dinner. However, after walking in the colourful dining room and to our outdoor table, it was all downhill from there.
While tantalisingly described in the a la carte menu, the actual food items when served were uniformly lacklustre, poorly seasoned, lacking any sort of sophistication and really disappointing in most every way. For example, we ordered the Vegetable Tempura (insipid vegetables lost in way overly-thick, unseasoned and gooey batter) tasted like thawed-out frozen leftovers one would end up tossing away. The three sauces were a joke: tiny portions of tasteless blobs of mediocracy. We also ordered an avocado appetiser, which sounded very appealing in the menu, but actually turned out to be so simple (an ice-cream scoop worth of pureed avocado served with raw unseasoned carrot strips and an unseasoned lifeless rice cake strip). The dish reminded me of items one might assemble at midnight by rumbling through one's own fridge, not what one would receive when ordering an appetiser at an upscale restaurant such as this. Its a real disappointing feeling when one realises that he holds a better palate than the chefs / kitchen staff working that night.
The entrees we ordered were equally unmemorable and actually at this moment, I cannot even remember what they were, nor do I care to recollect even for this review. All you need to know is the entire food experience was boring, bland and completely forgettable for all the wrong reasons. The wine list is well thought out and we did enjoy a wonderful bottle of Pietramarina Etna Superiore white (if I remember correctly), and aside from wonderful conversation with my friend, this was certainly the highlight.
The reception, the floor staff and certainly our waitress were all arrogant while simultaneously seemingly down-in-the-dumps; not a smile to be seen all evening from any of them. Nobody seemed to want to be there, and good floor manager would pump some life into these poor sad folks. More than a few times I witnessed confused waiters holding plates of bland food walking around seemingly lost. Perhaps they have been eating too many of their own bland vegetables. Even their credit card machine was so tired it conked out - and nearly 100€ later - we left after paying cash. I will not return
Cons: Surprisingly bland & unseasoned food, Arrogant & sorry-looking waitstaff, Overpriced for poor quality experience