What's the word on Velli?
Anybody have an opinion about Velli, on Houston?
Food, atmosphere, price, etc.
I used to go there often when it first opened. The
food was good - consistently reliable. The prices
were low and the atmosphere warm and inviting. The
last few vistits, however, were marred by incredibly
rude and inept service by two particular waiters.
They were the stereotypical snooty, nasty french
waiters. Every reasonable request was met by a snide
remark or simply ignored. And the food went downhill
in a big way. Needless to say, I am not in any hurry
to go back, but if you do visit the restaurant, I
would be interested in hearing about your experience.
I had a different experience at Velli.
My take on Velli is that it was trying to pan itself
off as a value place: high quality at low prices.
What I found was that it was really low quality
masquerading as high quality. My only comment is that
you get what you pay for - places like Velli prove
that. (Same for his other restaurant Jean
Claude - sure you can serve foie gras for $8.00 a
portion, but it's grade B or grade C foie gras).
I went there shortly after it opened and was praised
in the Times by Asimov in "Cheap Eats" The first time
was quite good, especially the Veal Chop at a great
price.....went back 3 times, each time the quality
went down a little while the prices went up. I've
Had a really disappointing meal at Velli a couple of days ago. I love salmon and orzo, but with the special "saffron sauce" it tasted medicinal. The salad was soggy with balsamic vinegar. The waitress was lovely and genuinely concerned, and brought us chocolate mousse on the house. My friend and I tried it and left the rest--it had a kind of chemical banana flavor. How can you mess up chocolate mousse?! Much as I liked the people, I won't go back.
"You get what you pay for" is usually true, but $6 for a soggy bunch of greens and $13.50 for inedible fish still makes me feel cheated.