My partner and I had reasonably high expectations of this restaurant based on past reviews, reputation and a well-priced menu. While the restaurant itself was warm and inviting the meals let the experience down.
Being a Thursday night, the restaurant was somewhat quiet. We by-passed the entrées and both ordered a main (approximately $30 each). My partner ordered the Fish of the Day while I had the Crispy Skinned Pork Belly.
The Fish of the Day comprised a filet of hake, gently pan-fried with a crispy top served on a bed of vegetables. While the dish looked good, there were two problems …. The first was that the dish was far too salty (I mention this further below) and second, the fish was surrounded by a moat of highly-flavoured sauce. The highly flavoured sauce all but completely drowned out the very delicate and subtle flavours of the fish.
Things weren’t any better for the Crispy-Skinned Pork Belly. This turned out to be a rectangle-sized solid piece of salty roast pork, hard, dense and very very dry served with an enormous globule of mashed potato. The pork was a real let down. It made me want to jab my knife into the centre of the pork piece and brandish around the restaurant wildly. Why? Because it looked and felt more like a weapon rather that something one would eat. No excuse, this dish has been on the menu for some time so the chef has had plenty of time to get it right.
This isn’t a restaurant I would be keen to try again as there are other restaurants in the area serving significantly better dishes for the same price. And besides, there are too many unanswered questions that continue to bother me such as:
Why were both dishes over-salted?
Why were basic rules broken – why was a delicate fish dish served together with a strong-flavoured sauce?
Why hasn’t this restaurant mastered the Pork Belly? There have been plenty of reviews to suggest that this dish hasn’t been working for some time?
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