We had booked this restaurant for the last lunch of our short break to Venice several months beforehand but then became slightly concerned by some very negative reviews on TA and, rather more importantly, by the prediction of bad weather which would prevent our planned al fresco dining. Despite forecasts to the contrary, the day dawned clear and remained cloud free with unbroken sunshine. Arriving promptly at midday we were able to take our pick of the tables on the terrace and sat down beneath a large parasol to a panoramic view of the Giudecca's great churches with San Giorgio Maggiore to the left, Zitelle plumb centre and Redentore to our right.
We would have been happy with a moderately successful meal, given this heavenly view, but fortunately the negative reviews were clearly written by people with no taste buds or an inability to read the prices clearly displayed on the menu. (Interestingly, and presumably on hearing our English voices, despite the fact that fresh fish is listed as 10 euros per 100 grams our excellent waiter offered to write down the total cost and give us time to think about it. I assured him that my arithmetic was up to the calculation.) The service here was excellent throughout: our waiter also pointed out that the moderately-priced wine we were ordering by the glass would be considerably cheaper by the bottle if we were going to drink more than 3 glasses between us. Whilst our lunch cost 270 euros, almost double that of our next most expensive meal on this trip, it was worth every penny.
We started with, in my case, a mound of sweet carpaccio di manzo whilst my wife's baccala mantecato was accompanied by pistachios and served on a bed of kataifi - unusual but delicious. We shared a portion of pasta with a generous serving of fresh lobster in a light tomato sauce. Our final savoury course was a fresh sea bass cooked in a salt crust and accompanied by potatoes, peppers, courgettes, broccoli, aubergines and, at my wife's request, artichokes. I recall a carping reviewer suggesting this dish was a rip off and I can only presume he is unfamiliar with upmarket London or New York restaurant prices. Apart from the sheer theatricality of the cooked fish when brought to the table, once served to us it became clear that our 900 gram fish would have served 4 people without too much difficulty.
Though full, we were reluctant to tear ourselves away from the view and so ordered desserts: my tiramisu was light, rich and disappeared in a trice; my wife's liquorice ice cream more of an acquired taste and she couldn't finish it. The recital of the selection of 8 artisan Italian cheeses on another day would have had me loosening my belt a notch despite the hefty 24 euro cost but my stomach was groaning and an easyJet flight beckoned. We did manage 2 excellent coffees, served with biscotti, before waddling off to the water taxi.