Unfortunately, Absinthe turned out to be as average as the 3 people I polled before going said it would be. Having read mixed reviews and noting that it was moving to a new venue I assumed that it must be OK. In short - it was a poor choice to go with friends who appreciate good food and was in the whole, a pretty unmemorable experience.
On arrival, it took 10 minutes to be asked if we wanted a drink. The vodka-martini was bland and had too much water in it. The rest of the group had champagne before we started on the wine list. I can't recall what I had as an entree - I think it was smoked eel... pretty bland. friends had soup and foie gras which was OK. My main was belly pork which was well cooked and full of flavour. The lamb was also pretty good.
We had two bottles of french wine with dinner - around about $160 a bottle. Like the food, it was OK but only memorable for the somewhat inept service - our conversation was repeatedly interrupted by the waiter.
Atmosphere/ambience was lacking - a comment made to me by others who have visited this restaurant.
Would I go back ? - probably not. Osso, Gunther's, Valentino's all offer a better experience for both food and atmosphere at a higher cost for the food but a similar mark up on the wine. Would I recommend it? - No, sorry
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