Maybe some time ago, when Le Cafandre was just awarded with its 3-star Michelin rank, it was a fantastic restaurant. I think so because I used to trust Andy Hayler (www.andyhayler.com) who has given it a 10 out of 10 ranking. However now it’s a purely commercial project aimed more at economical parameters and getting money out of its famous brand, but not at the art of gastronomy. In rich Veneto region (and also with plenty of tourists) it’s very easy to do. Following this strategy they have a very stylish and modern dining room, expensive designer furniture, a lot of well-trained staff, various very interesting and specially invented rituals (designed to entertain their guests and at the same time to make an impression of an absolutely exclusive concept restaurant). But we came there to enjoy food, but not for the furniture or handsome waiters! And the food was far below not only 3 stars (compared for example with Da Vittorio or Osteria Francescana), but even below 2 stars (compared to Duomo in Ragusa, La Madia or Villa Crespi)! Inventive appetizers were followed with an absolutely average, commonplace tomato salad and crispy canneloni with cheese. Seppia mousse was better, but many restaurants in Veneto make this traditional dish under the name of Copa del Doge and do it at least not worse. Saffron risotto was indeed very good and was the only dish in their tasting menu worth of 3 stars. Tartare of Ricciola was good in terms of freshness but very simple and unassuming in terms of presentation and inventiveness. Mackerel (sgombro) was much better (first of all because of a fantastic potato and vinegar sauce) – 2 stars. Desserts were again a pure despair! Simple pieces of mango and strawberries on screwers as a pre-dessert followed by standard fruit sorbets and wafers. So in total we had only one 3 star dish, one 2 star dish and the rest of the Grand tasting menu could be served in any of numerous Veneto restaurants within their standard menus. Add to the above-mentioned rather poor assortment of white wines and 500 euros bill for two persons. I have a strong feeling that in 2014 the restaurant will be downgraded (the same feeling I had in Al Sorriso last year – another former 3 star restaurant with the same problems).
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