Was anticpating a wonderful experience from all the reviews and media attention of this establishment but was sorely disappointed. Made a reservation and was seated immediately on a busy Saturday night. Our server was pleasant but uninformative. She only told us about Chef Garces winning Iron Chef and said to order 3-5 items per person. When further asked what she would recommend she said try one from every section and walked away. Here's my take:
Seasonal Sangria: white with grilled apples and rosemary - Excpetional !
Complimentary Flatbread - Delicious
Presenstation of Food - appetizing and inventive
The only item we walked away saying that was delicious and memorable was the Setas Al Horno (wild mushroom confit)
We had Calots (charred green onions), over blanched and flavorless and stringy and knives at table were not even sharp enough to cut food into pieces. Garrotxa Quesos was average. Croquetas de Bacalo average. Pelotas calabaza (butternut pasta was good). Some lamb/bacon skewer dish. The lamb was bland and grizzly.
I was expecting more flavor and more assistance as a first time visitor. Over priced for the portions. Quite frankly we stopped ordering because we weren't impressed. Everyone around us was ordering the Fig dish which we did not order but seemed to be impressive. I am a novice Tapas diner but I've been to other Tapas places in the city which far exceed the value and complexity of tastes.
Atmosphere is loud and social not recommended for intimate dinner conversation. If you go ask alot of questions of your server.
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