We went with to this restaurant with big expectations after reading a bunch of reviews on Trip Advisor. We left disappointed and wondered where we went wrong. When we got back to our hotel, I took a look at the average reviews for the restaurant and could understand where they were coming from and was really disappointed by the owner's responses to their comments.
Presentation was beautiful.
Table setting was nice.
Food flavours were average. Nothing was bad, but nothing was amazing either (looked a LOT prettier than it tasted).
The host of the restaurant was not only active in the restaurant, but was also sitting to eat at a table, which gave a very unrefined and odd vibe.
They don't take your coat, so you get to see trekking coats hung on the backs of otherwise elegant chairs.
The atmosphere is much sparser and empty feeling than it looks in the pictures. The wallpaper with the French scenery is not well aligned and the white walls looked fairly roughed up and in need of a coat of paint. The other decorations do little to make it welcoming.
The restaurant attempts to be posh by only serving wine, but they don't have the wine etiquette that follows. Instead of allowing the person to taste the wine, it was sloshed into the glass and in spite of being French, it was very average (23 soles a glass). In the menu, there is a price mentioned for water (sparkling and still) and they asked each of us if we wanted water. We said yes, but instead of giving us one bottle of water, they poured two glasses out of a carafe and we were charged 9 soles per person (this just feels like nicking and diming). If you are drinking wine, then water should be included especially if it's not in a bottle.
We ordered two seven course "menu degustacion". Not only were there no amuses, which is typical for showcasing a posh restaurant's skills, we were in and out of the restaurant in 1 hour and 15 minutes. This is ridiculous for "degustacion". The courses were put out there one after another without any real pause in between. But the place was so disappointing that we didn't mind getting out of there fast. Some of the other tables split the seven courses between two people, which would be a slightly better way of doing it.
The service was okay, but more focused on putting the right cutlery on the table than adding to the experience.
The restaurant price was a little over 420 soles (approx. $165) for two people. For this price, you could go out for an exquisite dinner in Europe or North America. Thus, it is highly overpriced and simply not worth it in a country where you can eat so many wonderful things in other top notch restaurants for a better price.