What: Bright, spacious, plush looking restaurant. There are two entrances to this hotel. One appears luxurious and the other a bit dingy (the “dingy” looking entrance is the one on North Main Street).
Prices: Main courses around €18 (but some cost more, e.g., €26 for steak or €35 for lobster), desserts €5.90, appetizers €5-8.
Vegetarian menu: Not great. Heavy on cheese based options: goat’s cheese tartlet as an appetizer or caprese salad. There seems to be generally only one veggie option for the main course.
Drinks: Full bar. Extensive wine list.
Service: Noteworthy in that it was excellent. Professional, friendly, pleasant.
Comfortable? Yes. There is a lot of space between tables. It’s bright and quiet and feels opulent.
Was the food good? Some was excellent, but some was disappointing. The leek and potato soup is made with a chicken stock so we were not able to have that as a starter. The bread was very good. The veggie starter options of cheese or cheese are very disappointing (in terms of lack of variety). Having ordered caprese salad we were very surprised by how the chef interpreted this classic dish — caprese salad is never comprised of lettuce leaves and quartered tomatoes. The grilled artichoke hearts were not grilled, but in brine and cold. The veggie cannelloni was very tasty, but very heavy. I can’t imagine anybody being able to eat more than half. The wine was excellent.
Toilets: Very nice. Full length mirrors, nice soap and hand lotion. Good quality paper towels for those who don’t like hand dryers.
My advice to the chef: A vegetarian dish does not mean that that dish has to be full of cheese. Cheese is a boring (not to mention unhealthy) option for vegetarians who are all too often offered this by chefs lacking in imagination. Think about hot meals suitable for vegans — we don’t necessarily want a salad as a main course.
My advice to the manager: Everything was very nice, but a lot more thought needs to be put into the vegetarian options. These lack imagination and let the kitchen down.
Overall: A nice place to spoil meat eaters. Fussy vegetarians might be disappointed to be offered the same old same old.
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