I reviewed S.A.I.D. earlier in 2013 after I had gone here for brunch the first time with a large group of friends. At the time we had all had been blown away both by the quality of the food and the amount of choice.
We came back again now, in October 2013, and were disappointed. The prices had not changed; it's still 25 Euros for the brunch which includes food and juice, coffee, tea and water. However, there are some changes: it's no longer self-service. Which is OK- staff is nice and efficient, and the plates are huge as ever and you are allowed to try as many things as you want. But when we came last time there had been more choice - lots of cold cuts, salads, fresh fruit, rice salads, couscous, and so on. There was less choice now. The table is half the size.
Crucially, however, the dessert table changed. This is a chocolate factory, and the highlight of our last visit was the dessert. You were allowed three desserts, including lots and lots of petit four to choose from, lots of cakes/pies (raspberry, apple, pear, berries, peach) to choose from, muffins (blueberry, chocolate, white chocolate, plain) and cookies and also - this was particularly amazing! - solid chocolate cups (white, milk or dark) which were filled, right in front of you, with hot liquid chocolate (again, choice of white, milk or dark). We were looking forward to the chocolate cups and the sumptuous desserts so much!
Now the dessert table has jam, bread, corn flakes and two kinds of cake- one chocolate and one apple. That's it. This is disappointing.
Whereas before this brunch had been unusual and very beautiful and, while pricey, worth the 25 Euros per person, now it feels overpriced. Just like any other. We were all very, very disappointed and won't be paying the 25 Euros per person again here, it's not worth it.
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