Villa Mayfair Restaurant & Lounge: Good, But Could Have Been Better
|Photo by Alex Rodriguez|
The restaurant (which turns into a lounge after hours) is stunning. Dim lighting, classy antique-like furniture, low-slung textured ceilings -- everything from the tiled floors to the hammered-brass bar is gorgeous. We arrived for a late dinner, around 9:30, and although the doorman had a little trouble finding us on his list, he was well-mannered.
We were seated comfortably away from the noisier area, but with a view of the entire venue. The place is small and intimate enough for a date yet comfortable enough for a large group of friends.
Our waiter, Kurt, was knowledgeable of the menu, and after a slight (albeit funny) miscommunication, we decided on the beef carpaccio with palm hearts and Parmigiano-Reggiano ($14) and Alaskan king crab "cannelloni" with yellow tomato concasse ($19) to start.
The carpaccio was scrumptious -- drizzled with a little olive oil and sprinkled with a bit of salt, a few capers, raw palm hearts (surprisingly refreshing) and mouthwatering aged Parmigiano-Reggiano.
The cannelloni, on the other hand, was not as delightful (for nearly 20 bucks, it should be). The stuffed pasta rolls were drizzled with pesto, but we just weren't feeling the dish as a whole. The cold pasta just wasn't necessary. The dish would have been fine with all the other parts (the crab, the tomato concasse, the pesto, even the garnish of raw red cabbage and endive), but the pasta dumbed it down. We're not saying it was bad -- it wasn't. It just didn't need to be so complex. Simple dishes are often the most delectable.