Vapiano is a German restaurant franchise serving Italian food. They opened doors at Hamburg, Germany in 2002 and two years later went international. As on 2015 I believe they have about 150 branches all over, and I think its an amazing boom !
“Chi va piano, va sano e va lontano”: “If you have an easy-going and relaxed approach to life, you’ll live more healthily and longer” – old Italian proverb…‘….And this is exactly the attitude which is lived every day in our Vapiano restaurants—by both our guests and our staff, the Vapianisti’.
The above lines are from their website and guess this best describes the philosophy of the business. The restaurant creates a great first impression with its fresh wooden and uniquely styled interiors. The lacks of walls give it a spacious feel and avoid claustrophobia even when it’s packed. Most importantly it’s very clean.
They have a unique card concept where you collect an ATM looking card and at the kitchen counter as you place your order you can enter the cost into the card. Settlement of the bill can be done when you leave. It does give a food court feel with the separate stations and this concept.
We got to the restaurant at about 11:30am and was one of the initial customers. The people were extremely friendly and helpful with the choices and suggestions. The menu layout is simple and descriptive though I wish they had included a few pictures. We had ordered the Pizza Prosciutto E Funghi Kd4,.Ravioli Con Rucola Kd 4, Thai Italy Kd 4.5, Large Water 1.750 and the Blueberry Cheesecake Kd 2.250. Total Bill Kd 16.500.
The Pizza Prosciutto E Funghi was a thin crust pizza loaded with beef ham and fresh mushrooms on homemade tomato sauce and mozzarella. The crust was baked right and the pizza was light and well balanced in flavor. The Ravioli Con Rucola contained homemade ricotta rocket with fresh tomatoes and roasted pine nuts in a light sauce. Though I liked the dish, my wife didn’t like the addition of spring onions. The Thai Italy was an interesting dish that combined fine chopped salmon with small diced mango cubes in a thai curry sauce. You can choose your preferred pasta and we went for spaghetti. Though this dish was exactly what they said it was, this combination of flavors was not preferred on our palate. Don’t think we will get this dish again. The Blueberry Cheesecake was apparently their most popular dessert. It was light and the addition of fresh blueberries as the topping was brilliant.
The portions are pretty good and we really went overboard with what we had ordered for two people, but walked out pretty satisfied. What caught me most about the place was the ambiance and the friendliness of the personnel.
Ratings – Ambiance – 8/10, Service -7/10, Menu – 7/10, Food – 6/10, Consistency – 6/10, Value for Money – 6/10
Overall – It’s a nice place with an open and friendly ambiance, buzzing with energy serving good food.