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WABI-SABI in Venice: Mixed Feelings

Hello Kitty! | Jun 12, 200606:37 PM

We were studying the menu outside of Wabi Sabi in Venice.

Twp different diners leaving the restaurant told how great it was so we decided to try it.

The space is not big, but they do a lot of nice things with the design to make diners feel comfortable.

All in all, the dishes were good. I enjoyed the freshnesss of the dungeness crab salad. Would have appreciated more crab, but them's the breaks!

Outstanding was the marinated Japanese eggplant: sweet, tender and juicy...beautifully presented.

My husband enjoyed the sushi combination platter he got, but he said it was on the same level of many other sushi joints he's been to.

What was kind of a downer was the server: He was too brusque and seemed impatient when we asked any questions. Then I noticed that all of the servers had that general high-speed attitude, including the busboys. I know that when a place is successful, sometimes the servers are pressured to move quickly. To me, it is a big turnoff when a place is run like that. Okay for a diner, maybe, but not for a restaurant with Wabi-Sabi's food quality and aesthetics. Somehow I found there to be A BIG DISCONNECT with the pacing of the place.

To me, it is the waiter's job to set the pace for people to RELAX in a restaurant. When people relax, they tend to eat and drink more.

Would love to hear others' thoughts. I really love this neighborhood. There were a few interesting-looking restaurants on Abbott Kinney, including one called Axe.


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