I know this is technically a hotel restaurant and everything but it's been written about by almost every food critic in the city already and the concept sounded interesting so why not check it out?
Sat in the main dining room at a table that is a long sort of peek a boo affair with a wall framing it - cool.
The room is minimal but when we went it was a busy night so it didn't feel cold or unwelcoming at all although I can kind of see why people say it looks like a fancy caffeteria.
Our server was friendly and recommended some good wine to start and we settled in for a nice dinner. Ummm...
The tuna tataki came first (did I mention that the dishes come 'when they are ready' which is a cute concept but can be odd if people are not sharing dishes like us). The presentation was totally standard (avocado slices on top - nothign new) but the actual fish was ice cold – like hurt your teeth cold. We actually had to let it thaw before we could finish.
The Vietnamese rice rolls came next and so help me I can never understand why these things are popular – the wrap was too hard and gluey and had an unappealing chewiness to it. The filling was kind of skimpy and the teensy amount of mushrooms left for little contrast between the noodles inside and the wrapper.
The tofu was another miss – bland and watery with none of the exotic flavors we were expecting from the quote “Mongolian truffle sauce” – damn.
Our chow fun was a high point – huge bowl of noodles, mushrooms – it tasted as good as it smelled! Hooray – finally.
Were told that their Butter Chicken was their house specialty and I couldn’t wait to try it but when it cam the tiny portion of 3 lumps of chicken in a little brass bowl was barely a mouthful for each of us and the sauce was totally meh – nothing bad but in a city packed with great Indian food it wouldn’t hit my top 5…..
Dessert was great – the Japanese cheesecake was beautiful – fluffy and with a lovely mild tang to it – yes!! Pineapple bread pudding was heavy but very tasty and a satisfying end to an otherwise underwhelming experience.
Would we go back? Yes – to the lounge downstairs for dessert & bubble!
'Street food' is sometimes best left to the street to do properly.