It's been a while since I last caught up with a couple of friends, and they asked me whether there were any new restaurants I wanted to try out. Normally I keep the list of new openings buried in the back of my mind, as I would only visit months after opening - when things have hopefully worked themselves out. This time I threw out two names, and my friends chose Mercedes me.
When I first heard about this place, my immediate reaction was basically: "WTF?!" A few luxury brands have opened up eateries in town, but I've never had any interest in visiting them because, rightly or wrongly, I see them essentially as places where you pay for the decor and branding - and where the food is of secondary concern. But Mercedes have chosen Maximal Concepts as their partner, and these guys generally run joints where the food is pretty decent.
Then I saw my friend e_ting post a couple of pics on social media from her invitation meal, and that really piqued my interest. Why not pop over to nibble on the food and get a chance to check out some cars at the same time? It is, after all, a Mercedes store...
We were led to a booth upon arrival, which was a little too cozy for the 4 of us. The place was very hip(ster), with a dark atmosphere, spot lights in all the strategic places, lively music, and waitstaff with body ink. Thankfully each and every table seemed well-lit, so I wouldn't have any trouble with food pics tonight.
The menu looks a little compact at first glance, as it's all on two pages, but it does cover just under 30 items in all. We started with a few cold items, then ordered another round of mostly hot dishes.
One complaint I had was that when the dish arrived, one of the pieces fell off the plate onto the table. I was surprised that our waitress didn't bother doing anything about it, so I pointed it out to my friends. At this point the waitress came back, picked it up and took it away. We fully expected to be made whole by the kitchen, but a replacement never came.