Great view! But what about the food?
The Farivalhu Restaurant is located within the cluster of establishments and buildings at the Central Hotel at Rahdhebai Magu.
The Farivalhu is nestled at the huge terrace of the hotel which is usually a function room for receptions and events. The smoking area, like it or not has the best view in the restaurant and it is where we have opted to be seated. The smoking area is elevated and is able to seat up to 18 people.
Upon attending at the Farivalhu’s menu we take our time sweeping our eyes through almost 300 entries involving Indian, Italian, Chinese and vegetarian cuisine. Eventually choices have been met and expectations were set.
First to arrive as usual are our drinks which were garnished in such a way to be really enticing. Unfortunately the taste did not match the garnishing, The mango juice for example was a sour watery paste that obviously meant not so fresh fruit.
The main course arrived fish steak in pepper sauce along with, chicken Parmesan and prawn macaroni in tomato sauce. The dishes ooze with mediocrity and disappointment, the french fries served with the fish steak were soggy and suggest that they have been reheated. A shred of lettuce and beetroot is ever so present as a garnish on all the dished, It is unclear but then maybe it is the symbol of the Farivalhu or who knows? Because even the green salad was not done right, the dressing was overpowering and poorly served. Then we altogether figured out and was not a wee bit surprised that the Parmesan chicken was overcooked because it was already chewy and gummy. Adding insult to culinary injury is the fish, which looked fresh but it was treacherous. It was in every way a travesty when you serve stale fish when the restaurant was a few minutes away from fresh fish. The pepper sauce was a nice revelation though but that’s about it, the sauce was the only thing noteworthy. The macaroni with prawns was served not with macaroni but with penne. I really think there was a monkey loose at the kitchen…because if not overcooked dished were undercooked it was like the restaurant was playing a practical joke. Even the coffee was burnt and bitter.
With all the disappointments we have consumed at the Farivalhu, Atleast we can point out the great staff who served great care and art. Disheartening as it may be the food at the Farivalhu put its great view and scenery to waste.
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