After hearing rave reviews about this place and promising ourselves we’d pay it a visit we finally got there recently. I have to say that for me, the jury’s still out on all the praise being heaped on it though!
Firstly it was a lot trendier than I was led to believe! I know, I probably shouldn’t hold that against it, but I thought it would be a lot less ‘hip’, with a lot less decor and that it would be a lot more understated. Anyway – that has no effect on the food itself!! It was busy – as we expected, but we did get a table. The acoustics are terrible and it’s very noisy inside – again, this has no effect on the food, but just another point to be aware of if you’re looking for a quiet night out.
The service was efficient, dare I say, ‘too’ efficient. Throughout our meal, numerous people kept coming up to us and asking if all was ok. I found it to be a bit much. We ordered Gyoza Pot Stickers to start, my companion ordered the Deep Sea Bao, and I asked for the Classic Bowl with egg fried rice and chicken. Almost immediately, our mains arrived, but not the pot stickers. We asked where they were and the waitress went to find out. She came back and told us that those took a while longer to make and did we mind if we had the mains first. We thought it a bit strange that she hadn’t known to tell us that in the first place. My companion loved the Deep Sea Bao. I thought my Classic Bowl was ok, although I didn’t think there was an abundance of chicken in it. It was tasty though.
The pot stickers eventually arrived. I don’t think they looked like what we expected. They were falling apart and were quite messy, but we ate them.
When it was time to pay, our waitress seemed to have trouble with the card machine. It became apparent that she might be a trainee and needed some help with this. I have no trouble being served by a trainee, but let us know. The payment process took quite some time.
I’m not sure I’d return in a hurry.
Don’t let the spacious, modern look of this Italian eatery fool you! They’re into the business of serving up serious, fabulous food! Have been here a couple of times now, and although we said we needed to come back to try out the many different appealing dishes on the menu, we had loved what we had the previous time so much that we landed up ordering the same thing again! We did, however order different starters! So far we’ve tried the Bocconcini Fritti (deep-fried baby mozzarella balls) the grilled Halloumi, and the garlic Foccacia for starters. For mains my companions have had Ravioli Di Spinaci (Ravioli with Spinach and Ricotta in a Pomodoro Sauce) – tasty, although I have to say the ravioli don’t have a lot of filling in them, and I didn’t find the portion size to be very large; Linguine Al Gamberi (Prawns sauteed in olive oil, chilli and garlic, tossed in linguine and rocket) – I don’t eat shellfish so haven’t tasted it, but both times it’s looked great and my friend has been very happy with it. On both visits I’ve had the Risotto Con Funghi Porcini (Arborio rice, Porcini mushrooms, Italian tomatoes, white wine, cream and Parmesan shavings) and it’s been out of this world! For dessert we’ve tried the sorbet which was incredible, and also the good old ice cream and chocolate sauce, both of which are served in a wafer basket. On our last visit, three of us shared 2 portions, and our waitress very kindly still brought us 3 portions of the chocolate sauce! Service, as you can tell is thoughtful and efficient. The only gripe I have is that there is no input from management – who don’t seem to be hands on and no manager comes past to see if all is ok. Although it’s clear that this establishment runs extremely smoothly, it would be a nice touch. Still, I highly recommend it and we’ll definitely be back. Oh … and the huge displays of apples on their counters are absolutely gorgeous!!