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.