We sat down and ordered 3 sangrias. The sangria looked much darker and thicker than normal sangrias as it seemed that the fruit had been blended in. My impression of the sangria was that it was just so-so, and I would've preferred it being more fruity. You could tell that they tried to make it more special with the foam and these dried berry-like things.
Then we ordered the food (I don't remember the exact names): roasted baby gem lettuce with anchovies, calamari, vietnamese dressing oysters, DIY tuna tartar, pork belly, pork and foie gras burgers, truffled egg, and finished it off with the signature PBJ.
None of the dishes really stood out to me. If I really had to choose a favourite, it would be either the DIY tuna tartar (which was just chopped up tuna with some of the standard ingredients you would mix into a tartar i.e. soy sauce, chives, shallots, olive oil, sesame seeds), but came with a nice piece of toast, or the calamari (just because I like calamari). If I had to wait 2 hours in line for this meal, I would've been sorely disappointed.
Maybe I didn't try some of the other "signature" dishes, like Spanish Breakfast or the bone marrow, but what I did try was
just good (perhaps even average for some of the dishes), but definitely nothing outstanding, and not what I had anticipated!
The other items that I would just mention are the truffled egg, which had a REALLY intense truffle aroma, and the pork belly, which was really soft inside and crispy on the outside (as you would expect a Spanish pork belly to be). The pork and foie gras burger was a bit of a disappointment because the foie gras had actually been combined with the pork patty so the foie gras was not very prominent and the pulled pork at the bottom kind of masked the taste of most of the burger. The PBJ was fine - just a berry ice cream with some peanut parfait kind of thing, nothing amazing.
Service was good - the waitress was helpful and made sure we had everything we wanted and was helpful on recommending dishes.
All in all, it was an okay dining experience and the food was average to good, but not outsanding. Perhaps if it weren't for all the hype surrounding it, I would've been less disappointed!
Date of Visit: Jan 12, 2013
Value for Money2
Keep it up!