Goya is a gem, but.....
I have mixed feelings after the fact in terms of value recieved.
This is, without a doubt, a fine restaurant in a fine hotel. But I think there is just something missing here which is perhaps why Michelin has not awarded them a star, which from most observations, it may deserve.
Located in the hundred year old Ritz Hotel, this is a grand and elegant, top drawer restaurant. Service is attentive and formal. Details are important in everything from table setting to an extensive a la carte and degustion menu, as well as occasional special festival menus.
If you enjoy getting dressed for dinner, having your every wish catered to by white tie waiters and a proper sommelier, this may be your place for a special meal.
The daily menu at one hundred Euros per person wasn’t to our taste, so we ended up spending about three times that on a la carte specialties: two appetizers, two entrées, a cheese cart service and dessert, plus a drink and two glasses of wine.
This kind of fare is seldom available anywhere at any price, so its like buying a Porsche or Ferrari…you pay for what you get.
Value received is in the mind of the customer and when I visit this level of property, I need to feel like it was money well spent. Goya just needs something else and I could not, at the time, identify what that was.
The following evening, we went to Zalacain, which has a star and the difference was immediately clear.
Goya is relying on its location and that's the problem. The Ritz is plush and rich, so you expect to pay plenty for just going there. Zalacain is a restaurant which must rely on the combination of ambiance, polish, cuisine, service and dozens of details which all count with most clients. We spent the same amount of money in Zalacain and left feeling that we had spent every euro well.
Goya needs to discover how to polish a fine gem.
The property doesn’t have a Michelin star, but could perhaps be awarded one at some later date.
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