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“Poor Solo”
Review of Solo - CLOSED

Solo
Cuisines: Belgian, Dutch
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed February 17, 2014

We went along to Solo hungry and with high expectations of a decent mid-market French style dinner. We were shown to our table by a young man who seemed confused by the fact that his coat cupboard was full of coats ... The space has been apparently recently redecorated in a rather cold modern Dutch idiom with either very bright or very dim lights; the tables however are large, nicely dressed and well spaced. The chairs are comfortable too - just as well because it was then thirty minutes before we were offered a drink or a menu: the person working our section had developed a bad case of Averted Eye Syndrome and we were not the only table making 'please come here' signs that were ignored. The danger signs were already there so we skipped the a la carte and ordered the fixed four course menu and wine arrangements.

Unfortunately it didn't help. At no time did we feel valued or welcomed or served when WE wanted. THREE HOURS AND TWENTY FIVE MINUTES later we declined coffee and headed out having had an OK if unmemorable meal that would have been quite nice if it had been served cheerfully and timely at the sort of rhythm (90 minutes?) appropriate for a Dutch small town bistro.

The front of house problems extended to small restrooms which by the end of the evening had not been serviced; to noticeably unwashed (sorry about this) waitperson uniforms and to the lighting of a flambe dish with a plastic Bic lighter removed from the waitperson's backside pocket! Our coats by the way had ended up on the coat-cupboard floor.

Maybe we hit a bad night but In its previous incarnation Solo was pretty good: today it has lost any trace of that former identity and will not be back in Michelin any time soon. Avoid.

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Thank Walpy
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Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Last time I was there was before they redecorate the restaurant. The new interior gives it a fresh modern look. Some walls are removed, making it look more spacious. The food is as great as always! Service is excellent, and personal.

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Thank wjboogerd
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

I have to say, I think it's better.
It's been several years since I last visited Solo - that first time I was full of anticipation (Gorinchem is starved of decent restaurants) and I was underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, it was way better than anything else in town, but lacked surprises beyond the Moroccan 'twist'.

What Al-Harouchi built, his right hand man has, in my opinion, refined.

Perhaps I prefer the classic French more than the North African, either way, great work.

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Thank Malieb
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

This restaurant lost it's Michelin star when it's maitre, Mohammed El Harouchi, was severely injured by a car accident and his right hand, Gerrit van den Berg, took over. Cooking, nowadays based on French cuisine, is good to very good, but the price level is high and service not very flexible. We had dinner with 6, and the staff requested that all of us had to order the same menu - which you would not expect from a restaurant that reaches for the stars. Even worse, on the evening itself, it turned out that there was a special action week, which meant that all visitors had a very limited choice. A third point of critique is that wines are good, but expensive. And service is rather formal.

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Reviewed October 4, 2012

This Michelin-starred restaurant experienced a severe setback when it's maitre, Mohammed Al-Harouchi, became severely injured at a car incident. However, his crew led by his right hand, Gerrit van den Berg, is doing a fine job in his absence..... Currently, the restaurant runs it default menu, on which still some spring specialties are featured, but that didn't harm, as they were very good! As the resuaturant has a reputation of Moroccan-inspired cooking, my wife (who is allergic for pork and shellfish) and I expected, according to Islamic tradition, a menu in which pork was avoided. That didn't come out true. Cooking is French style, but the end (dessert, sweeties) is inspired on Moroccan traditions. Anyhow, for our special occasion the experience was rewarding, and we recommend it to anyone looking for something special in this region!

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Thank JWG_080353
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