Circles of New Tampa!
Ok, so i have great news about a great place in New Tampa. But first let me talk about a place my wife and i dared to go to about three weeks ago. Circles of New Tampa. The picture in the ad actually looks pretty good. I though may be it was on of those places that looks crappy on the outside but its actually nice inside and it serves good food as well. I had seen the menu online before deciding on going there. The menu consist of mainly Italian and Thai food. Yes, Italian and Thai. Unless you are corporation with many many restaurants all over the country like Cheesecake Factory, serving food from two completely different cultures is a huge no-no. And of course even though this worried me i still though that we had to give it a chance. After all we had been desperate for good places where to eat nearby.
So this is how it went down. We came in and we find out there are actually two different dinning rooms. There is the stick-families-with-kids-in room and there is a "quite" room. Well we have a one and half year old baby (who actually behaves very well in restaurants) so we didn't get to see the quite "more elegant room" but the room we were sent to sure looked and felt like a mix between a diners and a two star hotel restaurant room. You know, dirty rugs, tacky lamps and cheesy decoration...Then of course we want to know if there is MSG in the food, so we asked the i-work-in-a-fine-dining-restaurant server and she checks very quickly and confirms us that there is no MSG on anything in the menu. So we ordered a pasta dish with shrimp (shrimp Diane) and a panang tofu. The server brings my wife's salad first and accidentally drops a cucumber on the table, so she picks it up with her nails...WITH HER NAILS and puts it back on my wife's salad. My F****** God!!!!! Well then i get my lobster bisque that you can get (for a dollar something) with your plate. I am trying to be positive even though the server just picked up a cucumber with her nails and put it back on the plate so i make myself believe that the bisque is actually alright. Then i get my pasta which looks red and tastes like those powders that add flavor to your food from a box. So what about my wife's food? Her panang tofu is actually just what our server said it was. Rice with a coconut curry, basil and tofu. No vegetables, no nothing. My wife wanted he food with jasmine rice and they served it with a yellow rice. We complained so they dumped the tofu in a Besides all that. My wife's food tastes actually pretty good. Its so good we think the sauce probably came out of a box. Then all of the sudden i started feeling kind of funny, and i wasn't drinking anything but water. Hmmm....i feel kind of like i felt that time i had those black beans at that Cuban restaurant by Golf Port...oh....I AM HIGH ON MSG!!!......great!!!! i said nothing so not to ruin my wife's dinner even more. As we left my wife said she felt kind of dizzy too and had a light headache...yeap...high on MSG too...We left hoping someone asked us how was our dinner so we can just warn the next costumers. But you know try it for your self whenever you feel like wasting some money.
Wow, I'm really surprised to hear that you had such a bad experience there. We took my stepson and his roomate there recently, and we all raved about our appetizers and meals. We were seated in the "bistro" section (which is the quiet section you reference) and found it quite nice. We do plan to be back.
is this for real?
One does not get "high" on MSG. In fact tyhere's nbothing wrong with MSG unless you are allergic, and then the symptoms would be a raw-feeling throat. If they flavored their food out of a box, it probably had MSG. The area is changing slowly, but i don't usually associate New Tampa with good restaurants. That is the land of sprawl and chains. There has been progress lately, but obviously not at Circles.