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What's the word on Velli?

Kate Aug 18, 1999 11:26 PM

Anybody have an opinion about Velli, on Houston?
Food, atmosphere, price, etc.

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    alison Jul 15, 2000 02:14 PM

    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.

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      Michael Aug 21, 1999 04:24 PM

      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
      stopped going.

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        Alex Aug 19, 1999 09:57 AM

        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.

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        1. re: Alex
          JMinNYC Aug 19, 1999 11:09 AM

          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).

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