Eivissa

★★☆☆☆

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Well-priced, well-located and pretty, Eivissa could have been a contendah but then chemically castrated itself by serving up dish after dish of utter mediocrity. So with heavy hearts and in proper attire, we continue our search for a restaurant to plunge into the breach of upscale in Old Town??s rising sea of sports bars. Caring not how good the food, if we drive up and see a backward ball-cap we??re busting a U back downtown.
Per the usual discipline, we arrived at 8:15 for our 8:30 rezzie and were seated immediately. I know this was the luck of the entrance as the place was full but at Iberico, they would have made us wait 20 minutes even if a table were ready because they can.
Before the bad we must mention the good. Or the great. The Sangria Amnesia is perhaps the best Sangria ever to have passed the author??s unshaven lips and evaporated directly into his brainstem. When they say on the menu that it has a secret kick, they aren??t exaggerating. It??s pricier than the other pitchers but you aren??t going to be having more than one no matter how much you and your date drink or they??ll be putting up chairs around your drooling passed-out faces at closing time. The Amnesia may be fruity and murky and red but surely the ??secret kick? is clear as day. Huh huh. Everclear.
Even though the Amnesia was the way to go, we started by ordering the Xampany with bubbliez. Except OOOps! It can??t be ordered in a pitcher. This makes logical sense as a pitcher of sparkle would quickly become dull but say so on the menu! We came here to use our digestive systems, not our cognitive centers and don??t appreciate being made to think logically about cocktail selection.
Had the food struck Tapa gold, (or even bronze) the author being the petty prickly piece of poopy that he is would have still complained about the pitcher but sadly, Eivissa set out to compete for a nugget of gold and came back with a beach full of quartz.
The best tapa of the evening was Canelon Relleno, which, BTW, is misspelled on the menu! (There is no ??? in Relleno, just a regular-old ??n? without the tilde.) And even this was just OK. It was strong, which we expect, but the salsa did not complement the seafood. Salsa rarely does. Indeed, it seemed to us that none of the sauces did much for their respective tapas. They even served some spicy mayonnaise with pork loin skewers (pincho moruno). This was such an odd combo that it almost took away from the flavor of the potatos which were the best part of the dish. Luckily you could just remove the mayo gob. The duck breast confit was actually a duck-leg confit despite the menu??s promise. This was supposed to be a substitute for the grilled pork loin (Secreto de Cerdo) which was apparently so secreto that it ran out and forgot to tell anyone to restock. Sorry wait staff, duck does not pig substitute make. The salmon wasn??t bad but overcooked and far too small even for a tapa. It??s meant to be shared so make it big enough to share without microscopic surgery. The asparagus was actually really good but given its salt content, it could have not been anything else. So salty, that I couldn??t even pee to see if it smelled. (Though, the Sangria may have played a dehydrating part.) We didn??t bother with desert but just kept drinking. We wanted out last memory of the place to be a good one.

Love,

Mealschpeal com

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★★☆☆☆

Well-priced, well-located and pretty, Eivissa could have been a contendah but then chemically castrated itself by serving up dish after dish of utter mediocrity. So with heavy hearts and in proper attire, we continue our search for a restaurant to plunge into the breach of upscale in Old Town??s rising sea of sports bars. Caring not how good the food, if we drive up and see a backward ball-cap we??re busting a U back downtown.
Per the usual discipline, we arrived at 8:15 for our 8:30 rezzie and were seated immediately. I know this was the luck of the entrance as the place was full but at Iberico, they would have made us wait 20 minutes even if a table were ready because they can.
Before the bad we must mention the good. Or the great. The Sangria Amnesia is perhaps the best Sangria ever to have passed the author??s unshaven lips and evaporated directly into his brainstem. When they say on the menu that it has a secret kick, they aren??t exaggerating. It??s pricier than the other pitchers but you aren??t going to be having more than one no matter how much you and your date drink or they??ll be putting up chairs around your drooling passed-out faces at closing time. The Amnesia may be fruity and murky and red but surely the ??secret kick? is clear as day. Huh huh. Everclear.
Even though the Amnesia was the way to go, we started by ordering the Xampany with bubbliez. Except OOOps! It can??t be ordered in a pitcher. This makes logical sense as a pitcher of sparkle would quickly become dull but say so on the menu! We came here to use our digestive systems, not our cognitive centers and don??t appreciate being made to think logically about cocktail selection.
Had the food struck Tapa gold, (or even bronze) the author being the petty prickly piece of poopy that he is would have still complained about the pitcher but sadly, Eivissa set out to compete for a nugget of gold and came back with a beach full of quartz.
The best tapa of the evening was Canelon Relleno, which, BTW, is misspelled on the menu! (There is no ??? in Relleno, just a regular-old ??n? without the tilde.) And even this was just OK. It was strong, which we expect, but the salsa did not complement the seafood. Salsa rarely does. Indeed, it seemed to us that none of the sauces did much for their respective tapas. They even served some spicy mayonnaise with pork loin skewers (pincho moruno). This was such an odd combo that it almost took away from the flavor of the potatos which were the best part of the dish. Luckily you could just remove the mayo gob. The duck breast confit was actually a duck-leg confit despite the menu??s promise. This was supposed to be a substitute for the grilled pork loin (Secreto de Cerdo) which was apparently so secreto that it ran out and forgot to tell anyone to restock. Sorry wait staff, duck does not pig substitute make. The salmon wasn??t bad but overcooked and far too small even for a tapa. It??s meant to be shared so make it big enough to share without microscopic surgery. The asparagus was actually really good but given its salt content, it could have not been anything else. So salty, that I couldn??t even pee to see if it smelled. (Though, the Sangria may have played a dehydrating part.) We didn??t bother with desert but just kept drinking. We wanted out last memory of the place to be a good one.

Love,

Mealschpeal com

Pros: Amnesia Sangria!

Cons: The Food, Close to North Ave - the city limit.

 

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