We may not do reviews at MenuPages, but our legions of users are all over that.
This week, we wanted to highlight the incredibly polarized responses we’ve been getting about Sura, the Thai “bistro” in Lakeview that opened around three weeks ago. On May 16th, we received two reviews that speak to the tremendous capacity for passion and variation in personal perception of something as straightforward and inconsequential as a meal at a Thai place.
First, “Anonymous” with the love:
The service at this restaurant is incredible. Food comes out in quick succession if you are indulging in tapas, and empty plates are whisked away. I have only tried their tapas, which were very reasonably priced and generally extremely tasty. Ask for recommendations, as the ones we chose ourselves were never as good as the choices of our waiter. Don’t let the extremely trendy atmosphere fool you, our table was very comfortable and the music level was pleasant - unlike other places down the street.
This is a great addition to Lakeview dining.
Now, “Lakeview guy” with the hate
Ridiculously incompetent and arrogant service, mediocre food, unbelievably loud trite pop/disco (be prepared to scream if you want to talk), white decor that resembles a cross between 2001: A Space Odyssey and an old ladies’ hairdressing salon circa 1975. There is nothing about this place to like, and I won’t be coming back, despite the fact that it’s around the corner from me. Life’s too short, and there are too many good restaurants to give this place another shot at ruining my evening.
Did these people conspire to write contradictory reviews? They disagree almost point by point on service, atmosphere, and food quality. While the hate review made us laugh more, we honestly don’t know which one to trust. We think any place that inspires this much vigorous criticism is a place worth judging for yourself.
[Photo: breaking a long-standing self-ban on repeating pictures, Sura]