We went to Marina with high expectations and some qualms because high expectations are a bubble that’s just so easy to burst.
We have had both good and bad experiences at high end restaurants around the world. Usually the bad experiences arise when the chef insists on displaying mastery of technique at the expense of flavour and 'deliciousness' or when the restaurant has reached its 'used-by' date and they don’t know it.
We were about to enjoy 3 hours of dining pleasure encompassing some 6 dishes.
First, the service is without attitude and is very knowledgeable. This is partly because the chef who cooks the dish is the wife of the gentleman who serves it and explains the components of the dish. We found this approach to be particularly useful as there were so many ingredients that we didn't know add an exciting dimension to the dining experience here.
Wines were carefully matched to the dishes. Our advice if you are going to dine at Marina is to let them do the matching for you. It is difficult to know the flavours of the dishes you will be served and therefore impossible to match the wine and food. They do a great job so let them.
This is real cooking, real flavour and a real food experience that transcends most other dining experiences we have had.
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