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Antigua, GT: Sitz Restaurante at El Convento Boutique Hotel – service, service, service … where was it?

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Antigua, GT: Sitz Restaurante at El Convento Boutique Hotel – service, service, service … where was it?

rworange | Nov 30, 2010 12:02 AM

It is rare I’ll start with a discussion about service, but this was memorably inept. As I told the manager, for a hotel of this class it was inexcusable. It was mostly pleasant but it wasn’t present.

As to the food, top notch ingredients and mixed results because the inconsistency seemed to present in the kitchen as well. There were a few tastes of brilliance. However, dishes that could have been stellar missed the mark because of poor execution … including their famous French toast.

I went twice. I wanted to try the Sunday buffet and I knew they didn’t serve the French toast for brunch. Also, they have three special coffees I wanted to try.

Both experiences were the same … mixed. At least the place is consistent.

Here's what I had for breakfast rated from A+ to F -
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/737141

B …... French Toast
C …... Longaniza
B …... Pulcal coffee
B …... Chitul Tirol coffee
B …... Palmira coffee

Here's what I had for brunch rated from A+ to F -
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/737141

Breads: pan Frances (C-), zepelin (C) - plain, banana, orange

Beverages: juice (B-) - mixed, orange, papaya, loose leaf tea (B), coffee (B)

Cold Buffet: smoked sliced turkey (B+), cheese (C) - American, queso fresca, herbed, Fruit (C-), spicy cocotes in Miel (B+) , Ayote en dulce (A-), yogurt with fresh strawberry slices mixed in to it (B-)

Hot buffet: paches (A-), roasted plantanos (C-), frijoles (C), loroco dobladas (D), chicken chuchitos (D), deditos de pollo, meatballs (B-), torta espana (C-)

Condiments: Hot sauce (B-), crema (B-), chutney (A-)

Come to think of it, there was no actual dessert unless the coyotes and ayote were it.

Service: D + … Below average
Ambiance (terrace) : A - … Way above average
Ambiance (restaurant) : D + … Below average
Price: $$$$

Restaurant record with more info such as address, phone, hours and menu
http://www.chow.com/restaurants/91945...

Flickr photostream with more pictures
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7685047@...

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