We visited this restaurant after reading the reviews on Tripadvisor - as we usually do when we visit foreign climes. Had it not been for some useful comments on another restaurant (Mr and Mrs Bund, which i will also be reviewing), we would have dismissed Tripadvisor restaurant recommendations forevermore. This place was diabolical, so i don't understand why so many people have enthused about it.
I'll take it from the top. When we arrived we were ushered into a stuffy, smoke-filled room next to a table of French chain smokers. The walls were dirty, the smell of smoke loomed heavy and the atmosphere was a toxic soup not too dissimilar to the smog that hovers over this great city. And no, there wasn't any spare tables in the open courtyard where others were lucky enough to dine in the relative comfort of clean (ish) air.
The menu was extensive and difficult to decipher. The friendly waiter was there to talk us through it, for which we were very grateful. He was excellent. The food however, was anything but (with one exception). Because the menu was ambiguous in its descriptions, we decided to 'play it safe'. We ordered noodles, beef in some incarnation of a savoury sauce, duck rolls and crayfish.
The noodles were hideous and tasted like a hybrid of artificial chicken stock and tomato ketchup. They were oily and cold. And they had a number of mysterious ingredients in them. The meat was gelatinous and the sauce gloopy and sickly. The duck rolls comprised shredded duck meat rolled in an overcooked omelette. The meat itself was tasteless and some of the textures within suggested the meat was not of good quality, rather the scrapings not used in other dishes - sinewy, fatty, gristly. One bite was enough to turn our stomachs.
The phoenix to rise from this raging inferno was however, the crayfish, which was super spicy. The crays were swimming in a mouth-numbing pepper oil, which was delicious. Whatever you do, make sure you don't bite into on of the peppercorns. It would be a potential night ender.
When we finally left, which wasn't soon enough, we took the opportunity to look in the mini oceanarium, which supplies the multiplicity fish dishes. It was rather worrying to see more than one tank with fish that had seen better days - they were all floating belly up. Not good, given the rapid decomposition rate of seafood.
There isn't much else that i can add to this review, nor is there any logic to be found in the other reviews i have read (this is not meant to offend). Maybe we hit this restaurant on a bad day? I will never return to find out if this much is true.
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