We met friendly chef, Orlando, who shook our hands and invited us to visit as we were walking by his restaurant so we decided to call for reservations the next evening.
In all fairness, I did not know how expensive his restaurant was, nor do...we frequent fine dining. Upon arriving, we were seated by the waitress, who informed us it is $70 a person for a 5 course meal. We were surprised but had already taxied down so we went ahead w the meal.
The waitress was very kind but seemed utterly confused. She brought us the first course twice as she had forgotten she had already brought and cleared it (we were the only couple in the lower level at this time). When another couple arrived ( the wife was gluten free) the entire evening, the waitress continued to mix up who needed the gluten free dish and brought it to us. After the first bottle of regular water, she told us she was out of regular water & only had sparkling water. It tasted like regular water to us and I guess it was mineral water imported from Italy? They charged us $10 for this fancy water we didn’t even order- instead of comping it. We also paid $4 for the regular water bottle you buy for$1 all over town. We found the entire experience bizarre.
It took a long time to receive the food. Honestly, by course 4 and our 2nd hour there, we were over it.
The food was different and flavorful. You can tell Chef puts thought into his flavors- we enjoyed the risotto best. Some of the portions were minuscule.
We try to be understanding and give the benefit of the doubt (I honestly thought the poor server was having memory issues or a stroke when she stumbled)….but when the check came and was $185, w waters, VAT & sales tax, before tip, we had major regret. I wanted to ask them to correct the $10 water, but it would have taken 20 minutes, our shared taxi had arrived and we wanted out of there.
We paid $16 at Fedo’s for lunch and enjoyed our experience more. Yikes! Another review said it best:good chef who needs to hire a manager (oh and for Heaven’s sake- give us free water at $70 a person).More