Service: Barely Pass
Overall not bad but not spectacular. This visit didn't have the consistency one would expect especially when the chefs are cooking the same 5 dishes for everyone for the whole night (see beef photos - serving size, Ocean Trout - different level of cooked).
- Kingfish sashimi good
- Egg with filo pastry was the standout but Pilu's is better (different dish but still egg)
- Ocean trout - one good, one over cooked. Good quality fish but as a dish it seemed simple (and not in the Quay "seems simple but is really labour intensive" way).
- Beef - soft and well cooked but flavour killed by too much salt
- Dessert - after Bentley's and Ristorante Intermezzo amongst others it was good to see a dessert that required some effort as opposed to sloppping some cold/frozen stuff on a plate. Only problem is Bentley's was actually tasty where Black failed with the whole melt the chocolate ball filled with mint ice cream thing. The raspberry mousse and the raspberries were good but melting the chocolate ball is boring, mint ice cream + good chocolate still tastes like Peter's mint choc chip and all together it felt like a wet mess. Should have changed the ice cream, focused on less spectacle and more on making a good dessert.
Valentine's day menu one size fits all type of scenario. Didn't mind that so much because the menu looked decent and we figured everywhere else would've done the same. Breaking from our core purpose by commenting on the experience for once, as an event it was well done. Just a shame that 60% of the food wasn't up to par (they lost a hat this year...just saying).
What we did mind was the "you've gotta change your booking from 6.45 to 6pm" call. We know they want to make money by having 2 sittings but they should've preprogrammed their online booking system before January (unless they don't think they're that popular and by booking 6weeks ahead we were too keen).
We have a friend who's here every second day so maybe we'll go with them one day to give this place a second chance.