First of all, what kind of tapas restaurant makes you ASK for a list of sherries? Isn't that kind of a signature of tapas restaurants?
I hadn't been to Meson Sabika in several years. We went more frequently when we lived in Naperville, before the tapas craze got into full swing. Now, it's one of the few tapas places left in the suburbs. The food is good as it always was, but some of the small annoyances remain and others have appeared.
Hostess was somewhere between impersonal and professional. Didn't offer any information about a coat room (I assume that there was one because they had one in the past.) There were 2 of us and we were shown to one of the small tables. The group of 2 immediately after us got a table for 4, which would have been preferable because the tables are small and close together. Meson Sabika has a high noise level, but it is still possible to carry on a conversation, unlike many other restaurants. So, having a reservation may help you get a table, but not a good one.
We had menus and when the waiter showed up, he gave us a wine list, but it didn't have sherry and he said that he would have to go get another list for those. When I asked which ones were dry sherries, he said "they are Spanish sherries and they are all pretty dry." Well, there are variations in sherries, so that wasn't the response I was expecting!
We did order sherries, which took a while to appear. In the past, there was bread on the table shortly after you sat down. Now the bread appears with your first order evidently. And, we found out that one of us had a dinner menu and one of us had a lunch menu. And, we waited for what seemed to be a long time (around 15 minutes) between ordering and food arrival - even for the cold tapas. You do get a warning that the paella takes about 40 minutes, but nothing on the other courses.
I'd go again, just because the food is good and there aren't many tapas restaurants left. But, I'd make sure that I ate something before I went, so that I wouldn't get too peckish while I was waiting!
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