the world isn't round… it's a platter
Maestro S.V.P is a confusing place. On one hand, they look rather posh and all, often with a good flow of working professionals who appear to enjoy the seafood, and on the other downright disappointing by our experience. Here’s the story: Maestro offers a promotion for all-you-can-eat mussels for $16, which was a no-brainer for us to go. The mussels come in three different sauces of your choice: cream-based, white-wine-based marinière, and a mysterious Asian concoction. We couldn’t tell one from the other because all were nondescript and ridiculously salty. In fact, the only thing remarkable about all three was how salty they were, especially the Asian sauce. The cream sauce was not creamy at all, the marinière wine flavor barely noticeable, and the Asian an insult. All were dressed similarly: carrot, celery, onion, and carelessness. A slapdash affair, hauled out like mass-produced wares with little thought to craftsmanship. The mussels themselves were meh, nothing to shout about. Based on the amount of customers they usually get, I suspect they lowered their standards a lot to offer this promotion, and that means they don’t take the business of food and themselves seriously. There’s really no excuse for shoddy work, promo or not. We’re really unimpressed by their dispassionate work approach. Other dishes might be worth a try, but I’m personally skeptical about the integrity of a place that imposes a double standard on its own food.
To be fair, the complimentary bread and homemade butter was rather nice. We were too disheartened to take a photo of the mussels in Asian sauce, but take a guess at which is which dish of the two photos below. Beats us.