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

On several occasions recently when I have dined at this excellent restaurant with my family and friends, I have had to reluctantly decline the sweet menu as I have literally felt "full" after enjoying such generous starter and main courses.

I am determined next time to forgo the ample starters availabe in order to induldge in the tempting delights of the sweet trolley.

Everytime we visit this lovely restaurant, those at my table always comment not only on the taste of the superb fresh food but also on the friendliness of the helpful staff as well as the wonderful ambience and atmosphere created here.

THESE are the reasons why we revisit time and again.

Try it .........you ll do the same.
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David Ironmonger
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

I went to Le Dolomiti for my 60th birthday. I was very impressed with the helpfulness of the staff, The food was very nice, though nothing special, I think we all could have done with a bigger steak and more veg. There I'm afraid it goes downhill. I booked for 16 people, when we arrived we were given the party menu which was quite restricted. I asked if we could see the A La Carte menu but was told for parties over 12 we were only able to have the party menu. It was quite disappoining I thought the party menu was optional. The set menu was a starter, main and dessert. My daughter in law does not eat dessert so asked if she could have a coffee with a liqueur instead and was told it was not policy to substitute. When challenged they agreed but told us it would cost an extra £2.00, considering our bill was in excess of £500 I feel they could have made an exception without us having made an issue of it. I m afraid I wont be returning.
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Diana Osman
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7
Sunday, August 21, 2011

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