Menu Selections: Insalata di Spinaci
I’ve actually been here for their brunch before and thought it was a hidden
gem that no one knew about it, so when a customer suggested we try it
for lunch, I was excited. It’s definitely
not a hidden gem for lunch, however, for 2 reasons. One:
it was overflowing with people (literally) and two: my lunch did not hold a candle to the
brunch. We waited for about 20 minutes
before they finally sat us in the neighboring tapas restaurant. The service was a little slow, but
understandable since there was such a lunch rush. For instance, it took quite a
while for her to retrieve the parmesan and cracked pepper that we requested…but,
she was overall, friendly and attentive.
The place itself primarily used antique gold colors with Picasso-esque murals adorning the walls. It showcased a long bar area
that I imagined could get busy for brunch or before a Rockets game. The bread was actually pretty damn good (not
as good as Artura Boadas), but was soft and warm with a floury finish and the
spices in the oil were plentiful. The salad had entirely too much dressing on
it….it could have easily been mistaken for a soup. This caused the spinach to be wilted and
floating in it.
In addition,the Prosciutto pieces were chunks (similar to bacon bits), instead of the thinly shaved pieces I was envisioning.
And to top it off, the scallops were minuscule (think smaller than the size of mini marshmallows). Despite the shape/form, the flavors of all the ingredients were pretty
good…which meant the dressing was good because everything was saturated in it. In sum, don’t order a salad…the
other items on the menu must be good since it was so crowded…perhaps they were having the brunch for lunch.
Will I be back? If a customer really,
really, really, wants to go there for lunch.
Absolutely for brunch..I’ll include a supplemental review at a later date.