We vaguely remember visiting it years ago, when the noisy atmosphere and lousy service turned us off completely. However, we see it often full with customers, so we decided to give it another chance for a late brunch on a Saturday.
The place is Greek, so is the food. We ordered a bottle of crispy Italian wine and a selection of Greek appetizers: tzatziki, tarama and melizanosalata. Keep in mind all this stuff is prepared days earlier, all they need to do is put it on a plate and bring it to the table. WHEN they finally arrived, about 35 min later, the appetizers were very good. Our bottle of wine, after being opened, tested and poured for the first time, disappeared out of site and we had to ask for it, every time we wanted refills. There was a complicated system of several waiters, of whom none was available when needed. The only person who was working hard, was a bus boy whose native language was Spanish, and who was taking care of the entire restaurant.
After another long wait, we finally got our entrees. Good thing they only had seven (I counted them!) tables occupied, I don’t want to think what would the wait be if it was buzier…The place offers brunch on Sat & Sun, but we opted for a la carte dining. My tzaganaki (Greek cheese), was baked, not sautéed, as specified in the menu and really fat, due to the added layer of cheese, bread and egg. My partner’s salmon was just OK.
The waiter who took our order, finally reappeared, when we got the entrees to ask if everything was ok.
All in all, it was a big disappointment. This time it will take much more to make us give AVRA another chance.