I have to say, my experience at Veneno Vil was the EXACT same as Hannicat’s below. I could not echo the words more.
I ate here at the end of April and was prepared for a world-class meal upon reading the reviews on TripAdvisor. Like many other reviewers, I have also eaten at some of the top restaurants in the world, namely in New York, Napa Valley, and Miami, and was looking forward to an amazing, unique culinary experience. Unfortunately, this restaurant fell far short of my expectations.
Ready to splurge on vacation, my boyfriend and I each tried the tasting menu with wine pairings (however, we almost felt pushed into this choice as we never felt that the decision was confirmed before the chef came out and said the meal was “starting”, but we were fine). As the meal progressed, we felt slighted when we found out that the “pairing” is not exactly a pairing- in fact there were only about 3 Mexican wines (none of which were good) provided throughout the meal.
The food presentation was also underscored by the dishes. It's apparent that a lot of time goes into the presentation, which I appreciated. At the same time, a lot of the same ingredients are rotated through the dishes, so I felt that I was getting many of the same flavors over and over again; certainly not what I anticipated for a meal that costs $150 per person. Not a single thing stood out in my mind as better/worse than anything else. I was looking forward to the duck tacos, however, when they came out, it was not a taco, but duck rolled in something fried (and not in a good way). My boyfriend and I both agreed that we honestly felt robbed when we left, given what we paid and what was actually served.
It is obvious that the chef is passionate about his restaurant and line of work. Both he and his waitstaff were also very attentive, my glass was filled with water at all times and each dish was explained thoroughly as it came out. I appreciated this aspect of the evening, and was unfortunately the only saving grace.
I understand that this restaurant heavily relies on reviews from TripAdvisor for future business, however, I could not allow myself to remain quiet after feeling tricked into making a reservation from reading the raving remarks of others. Please don't make the same mistake as me.
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May 23, 2013
We very sorry that we did not comply with your expectations. We are a restaurant with an innovative proposal.
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Where we created the satisfaction of many, with the recipes and the atmosphere that the place offers.
Thanks for the comment.
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