Behula's Review ‹ Back to Wet Lounge
I have been meaning to try out Wet Lounge after the seeing their NRW menu but couldn’t manage to find time to try it until this week. It’s definitely unique, with a variety of tasting meu’s – they have a 9 course, 5 course and 3 course which is the old NRW menu – and a separate bar-bites menu. There’s no real a la carte menu but for smaller appetites or for those looking for single dish only there is a flexibility from the staff in accommodating you which worked well for us as each diner in our little group had a different view on what they wanted to eat. The place is what I would consider a “fusion” restaurant although it doesn’t quite fit into that realm, I actually got the impression that there is a very experimental chef in the kitchen who is being allowed to indulge his whims. The Good Service and staff were great. From the moment we walked in, going on throughout our meal the hostess, manager, serving staff and all those around us were excellent, which really is a rarity these days. Food was another story. I loved my starter salad, it was a fabulous combination of rucola, strawberry, raisins and pine nuts with a delicious balsamic dressing. The salt and pepper prawns from the bar bites menu were also great, good sized portion with strong flavours and well-cooked prawns. The amuse bouche was a hit and miss, a crunchy subtly flavoured almond tikki followed by a slightly bitter white tomato soup. The curry leaf ugali with my lamb shanks was a delicious take on a local classic, and is definitely going to be added to my repertoire of side dishes. The lamb shanks themselves fell off the bone. Mexican Nachos were decent if slightly small in size The Bad Flavours were all over the place and sometimes missing completely. The trio of hors d’oeuvres was a definite miss. Overloaded on mayonnaise and the wrong bread base to define it as a canape. The lamb shanks, though perfectly cooked lacked seasoning and the potato mille feuille was undercooked. The chicken was definitely not seasoned enough and had no element of the flavours described in the menu and I would say on the overcooked side. Dessert was a miss, a take on a classic baba au rhum. The sponge cake was good and the little pipette of syrup is a great touch but there was not enough caramel in the ice cream and no flavour in what I assume was meant to be a panacotta but missing the correct wobble factor The Ugly I get the feeling the place wants to be a club more than a restaurant with OTT décor and focus on drinks and music and a lounge atmosphere. The colours are garish at best with lighting that really doesn’t fit in with a classic restaurant. The chef is IMHO being overly experimental and believe me this is by no means molecular gastronomy on any level It’s a place that’s better for drinks and a few nibbles in my opinion as opposed to a fine dining experience. I actually like the whole over the top aspect of it and the service was a definite plus, I wouldn’t mind going there to explore more of their wine list. Picking and choosing dishes (staying within safety zones) would probably result in a better gastronomic experience as well. 9k for the 9 course meal, 5k for the 5 course and 2.5 k for the 3 course.