Hubby had been wanting to try out this place for a while, so since we were kinda nearby, and we managed to make a booking just a couple of hours before, we decided to give this place a chance… Despite the terrible reviews online. Probably a mistake… Haha!
We arrived much earlier than our reserved timing, but the staff was happy to sit us, as the place was mostly empty at 6+ on this weekday. We were a little surprised, as we had previously read that the restaurant was booked ahead for weeks during its first few months of operations… In my mind I was wondering if the reviews were so bad that people stopped coming, or if it was simply too early?
Our server for the day was probably a new hire, for he was so nervous when reciting the specials for the day and kept referring to his notes.
I ordered a starters of Olives ($7.50) and a Fish Plank ($17), while hubby saw a two-course special on the board and decided on it. Our server left with our orders, then returned to repeat our orders, then returned again to explain that that special was only available till 5pm. Hubby sianz half already.. Haha! He decided on the Spaghetti Special ($24.90) that the server had recited earlier on instead. We also opted for all our food to arrive together.
Eight giant green olives lying on a bed of ice, with 3 crackers standing in a tomato paste. The olives were delicious, but I still preferred the ones I had in London. The crackers were hard and not crispy, so that was quite awful.
The spaghetti had a very strange texture. It was our first time having pasta that would stick to our teeth; it was a very uncomfortable meal 😦
Since we had more or less decided that we would never return to this place, I decided to order a Tiramisu ($11.50) as I had read that it was not bad. It was a good choice! Thoroughly soaked with coffee, the tiramisu also had elements of orange, which create a rather interesting flavour. I preferred the dessert to the mains, but the cream part was a bit too overwhelming towards the end. It was ideal for sharing though, just that hubby was not a desserts person.
A side note about our server, he was really trying hard and I think he deserved special mention that he remembered we wanted warm water and replenished our water accordingly. This was much better than many restaurants that we had been to, where our water was often topped up with cold water, or worse, with coffee, as the server didn’t even check what was inside the container…