First off, I loved the rice absolutely: mango, coconut, beans over rice with bits of melting cheese. Serving wasn't huge but it was filling, for certain.
Two team members ordered the burgers and thought they were mediocre, but I figure that using veggies to emulate meat is kind of pointless and is akin to comparing apples and oranges really. Could be that I've never had a good veggie burger myself and rationalised it as an impossible and rather pointless comparison.
The servers were awkward to start (no smiles at all!) until we joked a bit with them. They also allowed us to get extra fruit for free for the chocolate fondue, which was pretty sweet.
For us, the glasses were made of glass, not plastic, so we didn't get the weird taste. They likely purchased new hardware since last the last few reviewers.
The menu was the single most frustrating thing ever. The item names were pretty but not descriptive at all (the heck is "Upper East Side" and "Lower East Side" and what do they have to do with rice?), and combined with the fancy but horribly confusing layout it took us well over 15 minutes to pour over and decide on an item.
The quotes on the walls at the time were all related to "power" and were kind of annoying really. Some were actually profound and good, but others simply had the word "power" in it and had little to do with their concept of power, and some were even so far-fetched to simply be quotes with certain letters capitalised to just SPELL the word "power". So contrived!
The loud hip-hop was annoying as well, but not loud enough to be invasive so we largely ignored it. Maybe I'm missing some sort of connection here but a chic little place like this with some philosophical quotes on the walls and speakers blaring "bitches and hoes" seemed really out of place.
Review by Fish on behalf of The Last supper, recorded 2007-08-05, posted 2007-09-08