A very slick and modern bar + lounge. As you walk down the corridor to the entrance, you will pass by wooden fish carvings that look like they are swimming across. Very nice touch. The bar/lounge is quite spacious with high ceilings. It has dining areas, lounge with low tables and seats, or high tables with high chairs so you have several options to meet your needs or preference. The place is dimly lit, giving a nice relaxing atmosphere. It would a romantic place to enjoy your evening with your loved one.
Since they were busy, they said that only the lounge area was available. Since we were only going to have dessert, we took up on the offer. Our server had interesting gold glasses that seemed to almost be based on the first kind of glasses that were made way back in the olden days. My friend kept staring at it in awe to the point she wasn’t sure what she was discussing with the server lol.
Service overall was pretty slow. We had to try and get attention from several staff so that we could order or ask questions. My friend was ignored twice by passing staff. However, when we did get our attention, they were very friendly and helpful.
I ordered the Vanilla Rooibos tea in a pot (not on the menu) with the Bite Size desserts. One banoffee pie and tiramisu $3.75 each. Since the name was ‘Bite Size’ I was literally expecting something much smaller, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a small glass cup with each of the desserts. Both were pretty good. Caramel-ly, creamy and yummy. The portion is just right.
Overall, the ambiance and atmosphere was really nice. We all enjoyed our desserts, and I didn’t think it was outrageously priced for the quality and environment. Next time, I’d love to go back to try some main dishes.
Sheepie’s friend got 2 Groupon vouchers, each for $59 for a $95 Ned Bell’s Signature Seafood Tower for four people which serves chilled and raw oysters, crab salad, humpback shrimp, albacore tuna and scallops. Unfortunately, that week I was suffering from a bad stomach flu and had been on a rice, banana, soup diet and wasn’t ready to eat raw seafood. So I ordered Chicken $29 and hot water with lemon.
We had a party of 9 people sitting around a really huge table. I couldn’t really hear the people across from me as the table was wide, and everyone sat with too much space. The table was a thick wooden table and was likely very expensive, but for communicating with other guests in an atmosphere where sound traveled, it was fancy but not ideal. Our server was good, but the busser was an unemotional, almost unresponsive staff which didn’t really fit in with the high-end ambiance.
The chicken dish was a good portion. Uniquely served on a black plate, the chicken was cooked perfectly and hot. I don’t like the skin, but it was crispy and really well done, that I actually liked it. Eating the chicken with the yellow polenta (white cheddar & corn boiled into porridge) and the ground up and pasty arugula. The bitterness of the salad also went well with the chicken and it was very nice to eat something well prepared and had a refreshing taste.
The food was good, nice overall ambiance, and service for the most part. I wouldn’t mind returning again.