Before I begin, let me preface by saying that I don’t like to blog negatively…I blog honestly about my experiences. Last night when I went out on date night I did not expect to be sitting here on a sweaty Saturday afternoon blogging about the worst food I have ever eaten.
My boyfriend and I went to Levy Junction with the intention of watching Captain Phillips at 8:30 but before that we decided to try a new restaurant. Keep in mind that we don’t really like to experiment with our food and a recent bad experience at Asian Hut is a prime example of why not. However, I digress…We decided to try Adega the Portuguese place just before the Freshview cinemas.
We were seated inside by a seemingly attentive waiter who gave us a menu, right away we were overwhelmed by this 35 page menu (without adverts I think its maybe 25 pages but that is still long). I saw sushi and got excited, as I am a fan- although somewhat weary of sushi that isn’t from Eviva, there was a separate burger menu that also made me incredibly indecisive.
After searching the menu for 15 minutes I spotted garlic bread as a starter and decided on the stuffed chicken pockets as my main course. The menu said the pockets were grilled chicken stuffed with sausage and peppers, it came with a side of fries and salad- alternatively one could order different sides. We both ordered the exact same meal, a first as we usually order different meals and share. The waiter told us the food would take 30 minutes.
45 minutes later we were starving and after an awful free bread roll that tasted more like pure sugar we were brought our garlic bread. I assume it was made with the same sweet dough used to make the bread rolls. I am not a fan of bread but I do love a good garlic bread, to be honest I make a far superior garlic bread and its a SAVOURY one. We asked about our main as we had a movie to get to, the waiter went twice to check on it- both times insisting that it was almost done.
At this point my hunger turned into a slight bit of attitude and I ordered another drink, I have to state that Adega is a dry restaurant. As in there is no alcohol served and to be quite honest I could have used it to wait my food out.
Finally the food came out, I was wide eyed at the portion size but excited to eat what looked to be a wonderful meal. Two bites in my boyfriend turned to me and said “This chicken is dry.” I was peppering my salad and happily munching away, I tried my chicken and the first bite was in my opinion not terribly dry. I put a french fry in my mouth chewed once and spat it out immediately, my boyfriend who had just done the same said “those aren’t cooked”. Now when I say they weren’t cooked I mean they were raw but looked cooked on the outside they also seemed like the potatoes had been sliced frozen and thawed.
At this point my chicken wasn’t appetizing because as i tried a second bite it got dryer and dryer, my boyfriend ripped his chicken apart searching for moisture that wasn’t there. We decided to complain about the food, which took about 7 waiters coming up to us and saying “I am not your waiter, let me get you waiter.” Eventually our waiter came, we repeated the same sad story and he called the Chef, we told the Chef our food was inedible and he meagerly replied “I’m sorry”. Not once did anyone try to come up with a solution or alternative and we were almost late for our movie.
Eventually the Manager was called over, we explained the situation for the umpteenth time and he said he would remove the food from the bill. I was pleasantly shocked that in Zambia we had such a standard of customer service, my past experiences have not mirrored this. When the bill came however one meal was still on it, exhausted and late for the movie we conceded and paid even though both meals were barely touched. To be fair my boyfriend took the chicken apart and i warned him it would appear as if he had eaten it.
The moral of the story for me is to not try new places at Levy after two weekends worth of bad experiences. Okay perhaps thats not the moral, but after the poor service and strange tasting bread and the inedible food I will never go back to Adega. I hear other people have had great experiences but for me one time was enough, that one MEAL was enough.
Eat there at your own risk.
P.S. Captain Phillips is a f*cking awesome movie. It made me fall in love with Tom Hanks again- we had parted ways for some years over his choice of films but he is BACK!!