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Pamplona: Never again

synergy | Feb 3, 200809:56 AM

I posted about a week ago another thread titled "Pamplona" as we were going there for the first time and I wanted recommendations from all you great CHowhounders. It was very interesting to see the varied opinions. Well, we went last night. We had a 6pm reservation for 4 and got there about 15 minutes ahead of time. We were seated right away and given menus. We dine with these friends often and we enjoy eating much and drinking a couple of bottles of wine. We always start our meal sharing an assortment of appetizers. So, we were looking at the menu trying to decide which tapas/appetizers we were going to start with. The waiter kept trying to rush us. Every question we asked was bearly answered, and done bruquesly. We ordered a bottle of wine and still were talking about which tapas we were going to start with. When the wine came we told him we were ordering tapas to start and wanted to hold onto the menu to see what appetizers/entrees we wanted to order next. The waiter yelled at us saying that we HAD to order an entree and couldn't eat tapas only. We were all shocked. He repeated that a few times even after we said, YES, we are ordering more. He also made us give back 3 of the 4 menus. About 5 minutes later he came back to take our order for more. We hadn't decided yet as we were chatting, drinking and enjoying ourselves and looking at the wine list for our next bottle. He started pressuring us again to order. Well, food came, we ordered more and felt throughout the entire night we were getting rushed, rushed, rushed. Not once did the waiter come over and ask how everything was. All he did was to push us to turn the table. Never again will we return. ON our way out my friend spoke to the manager and relayed our experience. She asked him if it was the restaurant's policy that patrons can not only order tapas - he said NO, that wasn't true. She told him how unhappy we were with the service. While he apologized, he didn' offer to buy us a drink or do anything to make up for our poor experience. So, the 4 of us decided that there are just too many good places to go for tapas, and none of us would return again.

Regarding what we ordered, some were really good dishes, some not impressive. Here's what we had...Pincho De Chorizo Y Gambas fresh chorizo and shrimp skewer over goat cheese toast, 2 of them on the cheese toast. I couldn't distinguish the shrimp in taste at all...Pincho De Dateles dates - palacio, bacon, 3 tiny ones and I could have eaten a dozen more all myself...Bocadillo De Jamon jamon serrano, iberico cheese...Buñuelos De Queso iberico, manchego cheese and cider fritter...crab lasagne appetizer that was so tiny we couldn't share...Cochinillo confit suckling pig which was very good...paella with seafood that was invisible and all we saw was greasy rice and we felt is was a small portion for the price tag of $35...and I forgot the 3rd entree.

I'd skip this place and go to Alta any time.

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