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“These people don't really want your custom”
Review of Desafinado

Desafinado
Ranked #34 of 99 Restaurants in Middelburg
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Dutch, European, Bar, Seafood, International, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Roskilde, Denmark
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86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“These people don't really want your custom”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

A group of us visited Desafinado one evening, lured by its calling itself a jazz café, and its location on the pretty square next to the Abbey. It seems however that jazz is only on every other Wednesday, so that was the initial disappointment. We decided to hang around anyway, and have a beer and something to eat. The waiter, however, seemed to rather not want to have us spend any money there. He refused to take specific beer orders, pushing us towards different types than the ones we wanted. Later he informed us that because we were so many we could only choose between three of the 25+ dishes on the menu. Fries were not an option, either. In fact the man seemed to have one favorite word, namely "No!"
When the sea bass I ordered finally came, it was a nice surprise: a pleasingly fried fillet and a half with a bed of beans and other veggies, served on a plate adorned with 8 gobs of jam. The combo was unusual, but tasted good. On the side was a small bowl of potatoes fried in oil, so our vegan friend at least could eat those, having been denied his proper 'frittes'...
Basically I would never consider going to this place again, as there are many friendlier dining alternatives in Middelburg.

  • Visited September 2012
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Copenhagen, Denmark
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64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Great food, poor service”
Reviewed August 5, 2011

Surprisingly good food, which was absolutely worth the money. The night was ruined by a long wait (more than 35 minutes) between two courses. When confronted, the waiter frowned and said that was our own fault because we changed an order. This particular waiter couldn't keep up with the ambitions of the kitchen which was a shame.

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Thank Lfolsen
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Brussels, Belgium
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“fair service,good beer, but funny and dirty ceasar salad for the price paid”
Reviewed August 3, 2011

We were at Desafinado on 31 July at lunchtime, celebrating my mother's birthday. The toasts were good and the price paid was fine. So was the local beer. But we had three ceasar salads which were composed of 20 grams of bacon, 10 "croutons" with a lot of garlic, 5 grams of second rank parmigiano, one egg, and an awful lot of lettuce, which happened not to be clean at all (with even a dead little fly). all for the awful price of 9,50€. I mentioned the lack of cleanless to the waiter who just nodded. One could have expected not to pay one of the salads, or to get compensation in kind, but don't expect it at Desafinado.

  • Visited July 2011
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Thank workingclassher0
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Palermo
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550 reviews
359 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 861 helpful votes
“Discrete cuisine. Good for money”
Reviewed July 17, 2009

One of the (very few) restaurants in Middelburg.
Scenic view of the square but often windy and cold.
Very good for money if you came from more expensive european town.

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