I was excited to try this restaurant with the groupon deal, after reading all the positive reviews and the high rating on urbanspoon. I did look at the menu on their website before I went so the price is not a big shock for me. However, the restaurant is indeed small, to a point where people were lining up for about half an hour per couple on a Wednesday night.
I researched for popular items and I was eager to try them, but it let me down.
salsa with fried bread: worst dish of all. The "salsa" was a chunk of very sour and salty tomato paste. I was grossed out and asked the server to return it to the kitchen. The bread was fried to a soft texture, but what happened to the flavour? Other people said Bin serves flavourful food, but I couldn't taste a thing in the bread besides dough. I should have brought Red Robin's seasoning to season that.
I also ordered a risotto which is my favourite item ever. But, I was disappointed because there was no flavour in it. It was bland cheesy and I don't think they added salt.
Cheesecake. I was told this is some people's "best cheesecake ever"? I don't think so. This is a plain cheesecake which I cannot taste any white chocolate whatsoever, but the caramelized banana rum sauce is delicious, no doubt. But I would rather pay a lower price for a bigger cheesecake at cheesecake factory.
It is crowded, small, very loud, and I couldn't find any ambiance except they have some kind of nice lights.
it was slow. There were only 3 waitress serving in the entire restaurant, tripling as bartender, hostess and waitress! Lemon which usually comes with hot water is being charged. (no thanks). I was asked if I'd like more bread with the salsa (which I barely touched), Thinking that it's like the bread of any other restaurant that offers free refil, I said yes. Although I later knew that she actually meant if I'd like another order...so I cancelled. (how sneaky). I couldn't finish the cheesecake so I asked to pack it up. And I was surprised to know that they just threw the cheesecake in a tin foil and that's my 'to-go' cheesecake (of course it got all gooey and squished). Even chain restaurants and chinese take-out offers a box. Please show some respect for food.
Would I pay 32 for those items that I just got? HELL NO. I could get a much better risotto and cheesecake elsewhere, and I am repelled by that salsa thing. I still got charged for $5 for one basket of bread. I also think the service is horrible.
Remember you are getting quite a small dish for a 'tapa' which costs an entree or even more than an entree. If you want tapas, go to Guu and you can get the same size, more delicious tapa for under 10 dollars. By the way they don't have the $5 pinxos anymore and they never bothered to update their website.
This is not the first time a highly-praised restaurant has let me down. I wonder if the other customers were also tricked by the high number of 'likes'...I honestly don't get the raves about this kind of places.