Friday, February 24, 2012


Rest : Amadeus 
Meal : Dinner
Loc: NCPA, Nariman Point

I was fortunate enough to get tickets for a night at the opera this past week, Caveleria Rusticana & Pagliacci were on offer and it was a pretty fantastic evening, that is until we headed out to dinner. Amadeus has been around for a few months now and generally has a decent rep, the wife has eaten there and i crashed her ladies lunch for a quick appetizer which was decent.

The Amadeus menu is quite expansive, though billed as a Spanish restaurant, they serve dishes from the Mediterranean,  so there are mezzes, tapas, tagines, pizzas even.

Started of with a glass of Sula Satori which is a decent enjoyable if over priced option (475 with taxes) but that's to be expected at any restaurant in Bombay.

Since the performance ran late and it was 10.40 by the time we sat on our table, we skipped a long drawn out affair and went straight to the mains. The wife ordered a panko (japanese breadcrumb used to fry items such as fish or cheese) crusted  mozzarella served with veggies, pesto and a sweetish tomato sauce. While the sauces were decent, the dish itself was quite pointless. 

I love tagine, unfortunately no one does it quite right in the city, Olio, Souk all of them tend to disappoint. On paper the dish looks good, however taste was weak, served searingly hot, it tasted more like a tomato gravy gone wrong rather than a tagine, the couscous too tasted weird and was totally below par.

Overall, the space is large and elegant and the menu promises a lot but unfortunately is underwhelming, the service was just atrocious. I had plenty of time to catch up with the wife, for they didnt bring us any bread for fifteen minutes after we sat down. Someone finally came in and we ordered our wine and then seeing the way the service was going quickly ordered our mains.

The service was just sub standard, no one seemed to be paying attention, the staff just stood around doing nothing, at one point i counted fourteen waiters (to twenty five diners) of which 6 were just standing in various poses of disinterest.  I like bread, i like getting bread quickly, asking for it once is okay, twice i can do, i wouldnt a third time coz it feels like begging.

I can dig bad service if the food is great, no such issue here, the menu is expansive, so one can hope it gets better.

Food : 6/10
Service 3/10
Damage : 1800 (for two mains and a glass of wine)

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