Le Dolomiti

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Who would have thought that opposite the burger king (that has taken over a rather nice looking pub), on Five Ways and it's roar of traffic, you can find one of the most lovely restaurants?

Enter to the bar area with comfy seating and a warm smile from the staff. Have a quick drink or be seated straight away - it's up to you and you are not pressured either way.

If you've ever been to Italy you will be taken back to your favourite restaurant there. The decor is traditional and I never want them to modernise it: there are enough generic chain restaurants thank you very much.

The friendly service doesn't disappear at the door. They are attentive but don't crowd you. Bubbly but not OTT.

The place starts to fill up at about 7.45 on a Saturday (when we visited). I suspect it's more intuition than science that means guests are seated close enough together to create a warm atmosphere but far enough apart so your table can have a conversation with ease. Music plays quietly in the background.

We had two prawn cleopatras and a prawn cocktail to start with. (By this time we had decided that retro was the way to go). A perfect amount of prawn/crab to sauce ratio alongside the most perfectly ripe and tasty avocados we've ever had.

Then we had a fillet steak with Diane sauce, Chicken Malanzane and a Rib-eye steak. You are given a choice of handcut chips, sauté potatoes and boiled potatoes. Everything came out perfectly, at the same time.

The fillet was £18. The reasonable price does not mean they compromise on quality or quantity: it was a great steak. The other dishes are around £12 in price and are worth every penny.

We will be visiting again, and again, and again.
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Richard B
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Sunday, September 23, 2012

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