Kandy, you don't know me, and it's pretty presumptuous for you to assume that I was disappointed because I didn't get a McDonalds experience. I know good quality food, and I know fine dining experiences - I've eaten in 4 and 5 Star Restaurants everywhere from Paris, Munich, Salzburg, New York, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco. My bad experience at Bucanno's was a result of poor service (I waited over 30 minutes after being seated before I even got a drink) and poor food. I had the Coconut crusted Shrimp - they were overcooked to the point of being rubbery, the crust was much too thick and doughy, with little coconut flavor, and the sauce they served with it was just bad. And it cost me $8 each way in cab fare to get there and back. I'll be damned if I'll blow $16 in cab fare for an overpriced mediocre meal. Maybe it was an isolated occurrence, but I've never had a bad meal at any of La Cocay, Kinta or Kondesa, so I'm not going to spend the cabfare to give Bucanno's another chance.
Dan, I'm sorry you took that personally. My comment was not directed toward you at all. It was a general comment about what to expect at night. I remember well your post about your experience.
I agree with a previous post that we have all probably had bad experiences at all of the named restaurants. Personally, I've had them at all 3 restaurants you named. One I won't return to because of the number of bad experiences, but the other two I gave second chances and will happily return. Every restaurant has a bad day/night now and then. That's why I give them up to 3 chances before I cross them off my list.
I understand that the cab fare from the other end of the island is steep. Maybe one day you'll be closer and can give Buccano's a second chance. I'd even meet you there for lunch! I'm always up for Buccano's and would buy your lunch if you weren't pleased