I attended their pre-launch food-tasting as well as their grand opening, I thought their dishes we're above average. I really do. I had high hopes for them and I thought I would actually frequent the place.
I went there to treat my husband to a dinner on Valentine's day and it was disappointing. I felt a little embarrassed as I was raving about it a lot during the course of the month. They have all the ingredients to be a wow place even though they're in a congested area. But sadly, they just seem to not get there.
With the whole goodies was a gift certificate and I thought it is such a perfect way for us to give Picante another try, for the third time!
I took pictures of our actual Valentine's dinner but I think it's best not to post them. The piri piri chicken tasted good but nothing wow. We did enjoy trying on different sauces offered though. The issue was the oil from the chicken was so much that it became the sauce to the french fries lying on the same plate. It was a horror for me to look at hubby who at that point had eyes that questioned me though unspoken "what in the world is happening here?"
I ordered the fried bacon covered dates which I had in the first two occasions and fell in love with. The third time around, it was burnt, dry and just unpleasant.
There was a dish that my husband and I enjoyed quite a lot, it was the seafood mixed in a bowl of amazing broth. It had tiger prawn, clams, lobsters. The photo is featured in the "tasting" section above. However, looking at the current menu now, it seems to have been taken off. What a shame.
I wish I have tasted the clams again but during Valentine's dinner we lost our appetite and didn't feel like expanding our order like what we normally do.
The traditional custard called Pasteis de Nata should still be good regardless of when you try it.
I think the downfall was a combination of minor errors here and there. Consistency is one. Dish and ingredient knowledge of servers was very weak and it does affect diner's mood, unfortunately.
Will I try Picante again? Yes. I have a lot of faith to a fault. I personally hope Picante recovers and streamline their operations. Since consistency is a general issue here in the UAE, I'm hoping that they will not be consistently falling short and somewhere in there, a spark of brilliance will just suddenly emerge.
Forever hopeful, Acoustic Chef.