Jacksonville, FL 32246
I have eaten at Ovinte once in my pre-blogging days and never found it necessary to return. This visit, Easter Brunch with friends, was not my doing, but I truly like my friends, so I agreed. The space is nice enough, very comfortable with bar, table, booth or couch seating as well as outdoor dining.
Open space, seating for drinks or Tapas
Small side room seats 5 or 6 with good view of the other tables
Outside weather permitting, partially covered
It was a while after we were seated before we were approached, but the restaurant was busy no points off yet. Cocktails ordered, and one cup of French press, when the coffee arrived it was served with a soiled cup, so it began. We started with several Tapas, here is the line up some of the comments are mine others those of the four guests at the table.
Looked good on arrival, but the Egg Salad was runny with way too much binder, and so tart it was unpleasant in the mouth. Each person at the table had a taste, in the end we ate the ham and rejected the salad.
Although the shrimp were nicely cooked, they were flavorless and nothing about garlic was attached to this dish. We declared this dish boring but did finished the shrimp.
The Spanish Potato Tortilla tasty, but room temperature, which was not appealing, or pleasing in the mouth, a bit of warmth could have added to the dish and released some flavor.
The Spanish Goat cheese, was the best of all the Tapas we ordered, and is highly recommended.
When we ordered, the first batch of Homemade Churros were overcooked, so it was necessary for a second batch and wait time. When the new plate arrived it was raw in the middle. They along with the Pickled eggs and the dirty coffee went back to the kitchen and was comped from our bill.
Things were not looking good so for my entrée, I ordered the dish I had the last time, Lemon-Ricotta Masa Pancakes, with blueberry compote and creme fraiche. They were as delightful as I remembered and I was happy to have them
Served with warm syrup, this was total comfort food. I guess our server was getting nervous, he brought us an additional cake, which one of my companions took as her own. I highly recommend these.
Another win here, Brioche French Toast, this dish was shared around the table, to approval by all.
I did not partake in any of The Burger of the day, the soft runny egg yolk kept me away. It was eye appealing, the bun perfect, and truffle fries, well nothing wrong there. The owner call it “good”.
If you look closely it’s evident the Ovinte Benedict egg slid off it’s perch, there was an unsuccessful attempt to reseat it, but the egg was so under cooked, it fell apart leaving a most unappealing slime of egg white on the plate. Egg remained where it was everything else was eaten. Sad.
The last dish, Quiche of the day Shrimp, arrived without any evidence of shrimp.
My friend dug around for a while looking for even the slightest hint of something shrimp like but no luck. We all helped her eat more truffle fries
So here is our take away, at first glance we questioned our servers ability, but he did come through, he took all orders without writing anything down for five people, remembered each dish and who it belong to at service. That is the highest compliment I can give for this restaurant. The kitchen, was not on its game and because of that, the restaurant lost revenue, from our returned dishes. Not a good way to make an impression. It also lost us as return customers. We all agreed this is not a spot we will return to.
So throw the dice, and see where they land, there are many good restaurants in the same proximity.
Categories: American Food