OK, is it just me or is the atmosphere at Dandylion so contrived
that it becomes distracting?
I thought that the food was very well prepared. In fact, the mussels were some of the best I've ever had. For that matter the shepherd's pie was also outstanding. Oh and our server was efficient and personable.
But there was just a really weird vibe at the venue. There was a simply enormous staff. Everyone who interacted with us was welcoming and helpful but there were more of them than there were customers. They've gone too far with the old pub decor but each of these things taken individually is just not that big of a deal.
I suppose the reason I've written this is that usually when the food is as good as that we're anxious to return but instead the verdict was Great but we aren't in any hurry to return.
I haven't been to Dandelion. I've heard the food is very good. No surprise that it's so contrived. Every Stephen Starr restaurant is a theme park. Fortunately, this one has good food.
I felt like I walked into the holodeck on Star Trek TNG. Like something isn't quite real about this place. Also I thought that food we had was adequate to poor. I've had better omlettes at the airport. And the beer is overpriced. Went once for a family meal and can't imagine going again other than for a quick drink.
I've eaten at Dandelion twice and loved it. All the food I had was terrific--deviled eggs, mussels, crab salad, butter lettuce salad, cheese board and fish & chips. I didn't find the atmosphere to be overly contrived. Yes, the decor is very theme-y, but no different than the other Starr places (I like this one better than most). I guess it didn't really bother me. I also didn't notice anything about the service, but it was busy when I was there, and I was with a good sized group, so I might just not have noticed. Everyone I was with had a great time.
It's definitely contrived, but I didn't find it distractingly in a negative way. Actually, compared to some of the other Starr restaurants, I enjoyed walking around and noting the unique design in each room and some of the design details around. I think it's well designed, even if a bit over the top. Then again, I have a bit of an interest in traditional British art and decor.
I found the food a mixed bag. Fish and chips were good but didn't wow me like others, especially at the price though I recognize they use good fish. Maybe I don't appreciate the dish like others. Pates were good but not better than anywhere else decent. Pickles were a letdown since they are served similarly to Village Whiskey but are better there. The pork belly was outstanding.
I plan on taking a British client there soon and I'm curious to hear his take.