We've recently returned from a two week trip to the lovely town of Sirmione where we found an abundance of very good restaurants. We found the standards in the various establishments in which we ate to be generally very good, if a little pricier than other resorts around lake Garda.
We picked this restaurant, which is situated on a relatively peaceful piazza just off the main street, following a recommendation from a fellow hotel guest and on the strength of some reasonable reviews. The was certainly nothing majorly wrong with it, just that in comparison to other restaurants we had had dined at, we were left a little underwhelmed by the experience.
The food was perfectly okay, although the rather pretentious way in which it was described on the menu left us expecting something a bit more special. My starter was a good example of this; the "Mountain egg cooked at 67°, black toast, white asparagus, bagoss cheese, and timut pepper" turned out to be a rather wordy and colourful way to serve a fancy poached egg on toast (and charge about 14 euro for it!).
This was a pattern which continued throughout the meal...lavishly described dishes, which, although nicely presented and decently prepared, were largely unexceptional but with descriptions and prices prices which promised something a bit more.
This theme continued with the service, which was very attentive but rather fussily carried out by a group of young male waiters wearing a rather peculiar matching peasant garb (even with matching Birkenstocks!).
I don't want to be too critical of this restaurant because in truth we had a pleasant evening here, in a nice setting with some relatively decent food, but it was one of the pricier places we went to and it seemed almost as if the restaurant was trying too hard to be somewhere which was a notch above many of the other restaurants but ultimately came across as having an air of pretentiousness which wasn't quite matched by the finished product.