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“Superb last time -- not so great this time”
Review of Maricel

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Ranked #75 of 393 Restaurants in Sitges
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed June 27, 2013

Last visit two years ago, I rated this restaurant in the top two in Sitges. However, my recent visit has changed that opinion. I had steamed mussels first course, which had a delicate white wine and peppercorn sauce. However, very few were large, white and plump -- many being rather small, even tiny, and orange.

I came here specifically for the sweetbreads, which two years ago was fantastic. I was disappointed this time. I don't know if it was the quality of the meat (not really prime selection?) or the sauce (too heavy?), but I was not impressed. It was served with 4 tiny asparagus spears.

In general, the service was attentive if just slightly pretentious. I think the complaints in TA reviews about slow service may be due a disconnect of expectations. This restaurant seems aimed at the classic dining experience expected often in continental Europe where the table is yours for the entire evening and it is not unusual to spend 2 or 3+ hours for dinner. The decor and location are exceptional.

Based on this visit, I now agree with many TA reviews that Maricel is overpriced. My two dishes with water, no wine or dessert, came to over 45 euros. If everything had been perfect, it would have been worth it. If a restaurant is going to charge exceptional prices, it should be certain that every dish is also exceptional every time.

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Thank IQ140
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Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

A nice evening and the food was great but the place is quite expensive. A few nice touches and worth a special occasion but it would kit be a regular on my list.

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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Located with sea view, nice restaurant with a bit slow but very amiable service has excellent choice of food and wine. I risked a bizarre sounding pig's trotter carpaccio and it was excellent - obviously if you forget about health food for a while. The paella to follow was probably not the most original choice I could have made but it was good as well. However, it is much too easy to leave there 70 euro and more per person with just a single glass of wine - definitely too much for the area.

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Thank Pawel411
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

The food is generally great here but service can be very slow and painful. Menu is excellent and so too is the wine list. A nice room for special occasion. The service is slow even if you are you ate the only people in the restaurant. Overall a little formal and pricey and there are better places to go in this price bracket for a better experience.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

Staff was very friendly and very professionel, but the meal (we tool the market menu) was greasy, inspirationless and dull. At the end the amuse-bouches (served without asking) turned up for 10€ on the check...

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