This restaurant was absolutely terrible. I came with my family for a meal before seeing a show at the Cameri on New Year's Eve and it was a huge let down for such a popular and highly regarded place.
First, the atmosphere. We were there for a meal around 7 and felt like they were just setting up for the evening. I understand that on New Year's they are expecting most of their business around midnight, but there is no reason to assume that the pre-theatre crowd will not be around. Indeed, there were still several parties there, since it is the closest and best place near the Cameri. Unfortunately, the staff were completely neglectful and spent most of the time blowing up giant tacky silver balloons in the shape of 2013 and rewriting Happy New Year on the blackboard. As such, surrounded by frantically prepping employees and breaking glass, we felt more like catering staff grabbing a bite before a banquet than guests at an expensive restaurant.
Next, the food. Honestly, I wish I could saying anything good about it. The Tapas style is not appropriate since while all the dishes are indeed tiny, the prices are not. You may order 10-15 dishes between 6 people, but you will come out having paid for 10-15 people. They have a special talent of misrepresenting the food. They tell you about half of the important information about a dish and when it comes it is not even close to what you expected. For example, the shrimp wrapped in spinach is indeed wrapped in spinach, but some might think twice about ordering it if they knew it was raw shrimp, mashed. (Who mashes shrimp?) The simple wedge salad is not a wedge at all. We made very clear that all we wanted was the lettuce and the sauce, and not to have the advertised cheese and almonds. However, they failed to advertise or remove the large slices of pear. Not good. If you like pear salad its fine but it is definitely not what we ordered.
Ignoring things like half-cooked kebabs, I have to make a special mention of the salmon with lentils. The salmon was just fine, but the lentils were so bad it ended the whole meal for the entire family. My description, if you will indulge me, goes like this: imagine you catch a salmon. next imagine you leave it in a bucket to sweat for a few hours. then take the leftover juice, warm it to about 40 degrees, and stir in some raw lentils. strain (without cooking) and serve. There's bad, and there's repulsive.
My advice, if you are going for a show at the Cameri, go to some burger joint on Even Gvirol.
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