All reader reviews by Cormac

Hix Oyster & Chop House

We had dinner here for my wife's birthday, and loved the evening. Service was good, and the food was excellent. My wife's fillet steak, though expensive, was the best either of us had ever tasted. We asked for steak knives, and didn't believe the waiter when he said we wouldn't need them. He was right, though!

The ambience is pleasingly unstuffy, and the room is sufficiently unusual to add to the experience.

Thursday, December 24, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


Lovely food, and good value (for the food), but the service was soooooooo slooooooow. Our finished starters were left on the table for a long time, then after another long wait, the main course arrived. We ordered some more wine halfway through the main course, but by the time it had arrived we'd finished eating, so it was sent back.

All the staff were very friendly, but it's such a shame the lovely food was let down so badly.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 8 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 6


The food was beautiful - very imaginative, and lovely flavours and textures. However, the service was appalling. After ordering (in an almost empty restaurant) we waited for an hour for our food.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 8 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 6

Cafe Med (St John Street)

The food and the decor/mood were both really lovely. However, this restaurant has succumbed to the growing trend of adding the so-called discretionary 12.5% tip to the bill, only with a twist - they hand-write it which looks even worse. When we pointed this out to the head waiter, he was argumentative and admitted that although it wasn't classy, it was practical. The toilets are a disgrace - a real let-down in such a nicely furnished place

In addition, a diner at the next table told us that she ordered a drink on arriving, was asked by the same head waiter to pay immediately, and he then asked her if she wanted her change, which she thought was unbelievable.

Monday, January 23, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 5

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