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Published January 10th 2014
Don't just rely on your reputation
Some places can only really be described as long standing institutions. Often these places' longevity can be attributed to their friendly service, delightful location or quality products that they provide. Then there's others that probably did hold high esteem at one point but are now largely living off the reputation that precedes them. I have a sneaking suspicion that Kapsali in Brisbane's South Bank is slipping towards the later of these two categories.
Please don't mistake me for saying that we had a horrible experience there, it really was pleasant enough, but there was just that little bit of something missing. The location is lovely and the restaurant is tastefully decorated and has an ample degree of ambiance to make you feel as though it could be something great. The staff also seemed friendly and helpful and I could not particularly fault the service. The menu is extensive and most people should be able to find something to suit their tastes.
So perhaps this leads us to the food itself as the source of blame. There were four in our party for the evening and we ordered a fairly broad range of meals including: salmon fillet, moussaka, chicken pizza, and ricotta ravioli.
I think the salmon fillet seemed to be the biggest success of the evening but the sides let it down. Mash was the only real side dish provided and it was under seasoned. The dish probably would have benefited from a small side salad.
The moussaka was a monster sized serving and also was quite well executed. If it weren't for the overdone lashings of cheese on the top layer it would have been pleasantly un-greasy and much more palatable
Finally, the pizza was once again an acceptable enough meal but the base was nowhere near crispy enough. Since the kitchen apparently didn't make the BBQ sauce that was used to finish the meal it ended up tasting like something that I may as well have whipped together in my own fan forced oven.
So it was all okay. My heartfelt suggestion to Kapsali is, if they want to maintain their cult-like status, they should potentially dial down the portion sizes and dial up the flavours. By no means is the restaurant lost completely, I understand that Saturday evening's live entertainment is a very popular event, it just needs a little more pizzazz to pull it back from the brink of average-ness.
That Moussaka looks enormous. I haven't been to Kapsali for quite some time but they need to realise there are many other Greek restaurants to choose from around town so they need to keep their food up to standard. Thank you for the honest review.