My Darling and I visited this restaurant on a busy Friday night travelling from down town Lugano by taxi ( 71 euros return trip , only 8-10 minutes each way , on each occasion having to endure loud and politically opinionated Sicilian drivers... but it was a Mercedes, at least.)
The restaurant is quite impressive perched on the hill, its a stylish and modern place filled with movers and shakers of the upwardly mobile.
The menu was dictated to us by the waiter , which seemed like a nice touch , but to me whose first language is not Italian, might have been more comfortable with a written menu , especially with some evidence of the prices charged for the dishes.
We chose the two mixed appetiser platters , one from the sea one from the land. A scallop shell with a dissected scallop with a rather dry and tasteless topping of fine bread crumbs. Two battered and fried prawns, batter was a bit stodgy, a crostini with a tartar of fish , a little bowl of fresh mussels in a tomato sauce, marinated small fish and a kind of carpaccio of a fish of unusual texture and taste ... all in all the dish was quite enjoyable , but nothing mind-blowing enough to warrant the price of the dish . My Darling was impressed with his taste of the land, which included some bur rata, small tomatoes, a crostini with liver pate on top, fried fiori di zucca, in the same batter that could have been more enjoyable with more delicate batter. A slice of melanzana which might have been more enjoyable two days ago.
For the main course my darling chose the swordfish , which was excellent , simply served , but the great let down were the veggies accompanying the dish ...really over cooked green beans and uninspiring carrots and zucchini. a splodge of hash potato ....
My fritto mist di mare , was a tad over cooked therefore a bit dry which for the price i think more attention should have been paid to. The presentation of all the dishes had the same ubiquitous garnish of a curly lettuce leaf and some rather tired lemon wedges, that might have been fresh yesterday.
The desserts we chose were the chocolate fondant , which was excellent ... the mille feuille filled with creme chantilly , which squished all over the place when one attacked the pastry with a fork. Accompanied by some wild strawberries was a nice touch , the cream filling could do with some reconsidering IMO. The combo was not as harmonious to the palate as to the eye.
I had a glass of excellent prosecco.... and two small bottles of water.... The damage 181 euros. with taxi 252 euros.
A very expensive experience for something not quite good enough .
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