I had the chance to "enjoy" La Feria in La Pedrera last Saturday night.
Obviously this was their first rodeo.
* Out-of-control children running around banging into everybody
* Underdressed stay-at-home mums ignoring said children
* A level of noise you can cut with a knife
...basically it was a typical Saturday night at any second-rate ESL school in Shanghai.
BUT: There was also unsatisfying food and watered-down drinks! Hooray!
Oh wait, no, that's not a good thing.
Seriously: 20-minute wait for the buffet that was practically empty (but got filled up as you passed by and couldn't turn back) was a terrific disappointment. If this is the standard of fare at La Pedrera then the word "avoid" never had more meaning. The drinks - Dole apple juice and watery Sangria hardly helped justify the 250RMB entry price. Also, there was nowhere to sit. Which was nice. Because everyone likes eating bad food and cruddy drinks while standing up.
Sunday afternoon, 1:30-3pm, very busy, too few (experienced) staff. Very, very slow service, and a manager? Who would walk around and look at things and deliver the bill, but did not lift a finger to help the staff during this busy period. One bartender drowning in the numerous complex cocktail orders on this warm, sunny day. Food: "deviled egg and avocado salad" had 1 hard boiled egg in halves and 4 slim slices of avocado atop a bed of rocket and other lettuces. Spaghetti with meat sauce was very good and a healthy portion. Tuna melt was good. Drinks:!had a Shangai Sling and 2 whiskey slams- great drinks, even if slow to deliver. I will be back for the view, and the drinks, but will not take friends or biz associates until they prove it will not be an embarrassingly long wait for the meals.
Food is good (albeit not exceptional, slow down the praises to the chef !) and the menu is simple and concise (not a million things, but few ones done well). The a-la carte is reasonably priced but my suggestion would be ordering a set menu and integrating with 1-2 more dishes from the a-la-carte menu. Big pro : Their lemongrass tofu is awesome. Big con : drinks (especially spritz and water) are overpriced and somehow cocktails feel watered down a bit.
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