I chose Cafe del Rey for a layover lunch with my sister about a week ago. The location was perfect for a 3 1/2 hour time slot; the view of the yacht club docks from Cafe del Rey is great and we had time for a quick drive down to Washington Boulevard for a walk through the canals in Venice, which was delightful.
The best items we ordered were a seafood sausage appetizer, my sister's spinach salad, and a vanilla ice cream dessert. The spinach salad was pretty standard, but it was good--fresh spinach, good dressing. I was a little more adventurous and ordered curry-dusted sand dabs with forbidden rice and yellow pepper sauce, topped with shredded seaweed (I'm sure it had a nicer name). The fish was dry, and the items just didn't combine very well. It was just a pile (and they were piled on the plate) of disparate items. But I'm something of a traditionalist, so maybe I'm not the best judge of cutting edge cuisine.
But the service--oh my. When the waiter came over to our table and asked how we were doing, I said we were debating over a couple of things, expecting some conversation about the menu. As he leaned over, both hands resting on the table, he said, "It's just lunch." And that was it, dead silence. So we just proceeded to ask some questions and place our order. The rest of the meal went pretty much the same way--no sugar for my ice tea, no refills on drinks, even though we asked. The courses took forever to come out of the kitchen, so clearly it wasn't all the waiter's fault. But every time he came over, he leaned, which got annoying.
I can't recommend this place for the food or the service--there are better places to spend one's money.
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