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Garuva Hidden Tranquility Restaurant
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed August 10, 2012

I went here with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday and we were told that this place was very intimate and an experience not to be missed, if only we knew. It started off well walking off the street straight into a cosy walkway where we were greeted by the hippy lady with dreadlocks longer than my legs. However the hippy lady was not the one at reception, reception lady was busy on the phone for about 10 minutes and had no problem with us standing there like lost children. After this slight but bearable delay we headed on through to garuvas and went from the reception straight into the acid trip, and a bad one at that. The cocktail bar was full of prepubescent hipsters which were there to only tell the world about it on tumblr After a short stay there and one dirty hidden sofa sweater later we were taken to our table where we promptly kept tradition and sat on the floor and went from the acid trip and straight to cramp city. Now at this stage, despite the ignorance of the receptionist and the psychodelic pseudo induced mind rape that was the cocktail bar I was having a pretty good time and enjoying this place It wasn't until we were all seated, cramping up, drinks in hand that this started to change Of course being a busy night we had to endure a wait for our meals to arrive which was not a problem because we had in our company a modern day Rowan Atkins/ Shakespeare/ Tom Welling a real jack of all trades who you never have a dull moment around. And in the brink of a dull moment my connoisseur did what we were all wanting to do, what everyone around us was doing and what I believe many have done before, play some drums with the chop sticks. After not only one minute of this dreadlock holiday hippy lady storms in our eating area obviously enraged and takes not only his chop sticks but another of our parties. Now this was a little over the top but understandable until she said, you can now eat with your hands, and no she was not joking, no other chop sticks were brought out and the two members of our table, had to eat, with their hands. Now i'm not sure if she didn't like their rendition of black betty or there is something in the water in that indie palace but she sure did put a big stamp of turd on our night. If this wasn't bad enough, another girl we noticed started choking and had made her way between two of the eating area's. Two staff members both walked straight past her without at all a word, luckily someone (a customer) was able to get her some water and sort it out. Overall Garuvas is not a bad place, if you like inverse universes with waves of every colour of lava lamp, it is truly a trippers dream, but if you don't like rude, inconsiderate staff members and a menopausal hippy lady then I suggest to steer clear.

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1  Thank Ronald E
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Enjoyed a nice dinner with a group of friends here. Love how the tables are all sectioned off with white curtains - really makes things more intimate. Sitting on the ground was unexpected, but the cushions are SO comfortable. Food and drinks were good. Service was a little slow though.

Thank tsoi12
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

There is no sign out the front of this restaurant... It's hidden off the street and you walk through a tranquil garden setting to get to the front desk... It's pretty exotic and intriguing. As you walk through the restaurant to get to the bar you see sheets hanging from the roof and then realise that these sheets actually separate the tables. Continuing to the bar, as soon as you walk in you see everyone is sitting on cusions on the floor... Not really my thing but they had a good jazz singer and it was happy hour till 7pm. At 7:05 we were taken to our table where I found out you sit on the ground, so ladies don't wear heels and wear comfy clothes. I ordered the cajun chicken and it was overcooked my husband's prawns were really over cooked. At 8:45 we were advised "you have 10 minutes and you need to leave the table... We still didn't have our dessert! Overall wasn't that impressed, it was a pretty gimmicky restaurant.

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Thank Poults10
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

What a waste of a friday night. Ordered a thai beef salad IT WAS A STIRFRY not a salad. It was so uncomfortable sitting down. I ended up eating my food curled up like a prisoner. 1 of my friends had lamb curry all the curry was at the bottom of the dish. Out of 12 people 2liked it. Very poor food. Romantic, anything but.

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Thank dougdts
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Reviewed June 2, 2012

We visited on Garuva on a Friday night so it was quite busy and somewhat noisy, however with an open mind we settled in to enjoy the evening.
It is a fun and quirky dining experience which we enjoyed despite the numb bums and pins and needles from sitting on cushions on the floor.
The food was good and the serves were good sized meals. We were served quickly and efficiently but did not feel rushed at all.

Be prepared to go with an open mind as far as the clientele it is visited by a very eclectic mix of people, which again added to the quirkiness and fun.

Only minor disappointment was being told we would be OK to get a cork or bottle top to take home the remains of unfinished wine bottle purchased on premises. Only to be told later that it was apparently against the law to remove the bottle and the establishment could sustain a fine if they allowed this. All well and good and if that is the law for your licence so be it, however please TRAIN all of your staff in this ruling. A lot of other people could and probably would have made a major fuss at leaving more than half a bottle of red due to misinformation.

On the whole though a pleasant evening and the food was really delicious. Having traveled quite a distance to visit We were glad that it was worth the trip.

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Thank Sue S
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