All reader reviews by David S
Since all of my first-choice Spanish restaurants were fully booked on Valentine’s Day, I decided to be a little adventurous and chose this restaurant based on the strength of previous reviews.
This establishment appears to have been expanded recently. It now has at least 20 tables. Alas, along the way, the quality of the food appears to have undergone some unsuccessful reconstruction.
Only the special Valentine’s Day set menu was available that evening. This consisted of a platter of tapas for starters, a choice of main (roast lamb shank, pan-fried salmon and cod, or a vegetarian pasta dish, none of which sounded Spanish), and a platter of chocolate sweets for desserts.
I’m no expert in Spanish cuisine, but I don’t think smoked salmon and imitation crab stick are part of the tapas repertoire. Yet, there they were in the tapas platter, along with rubbery and dried-out prawns and mussels. My salmon/cod dish consisted of decently cooked pieces of salmon and cod fillet, which unfortunately was ruined by an inedibly-sour sauce adorned by the reappearance of the dried-out prawns. My girlfriend’s slow-roasted lamb was nondescript but edible. Mind you, it would have taken quite an effort to ruin slow-roasted lamb.
For this, they charged £35 per person. Our bill came out to £78, including 2 glasses of wine, excluding service.
The service was acceptable, prompt and polite. Service charge was not automatically included in the bill.
This restaurant is part of a hotel.
Dining room was quiet and conversations can be held at normal volume. Granted they were only about a third full when we where there.
There is no telltale sign of the Spanish music mentioned in previous reviews.
Sub-standard institutional food charged at an ambitious price. In other words, a rip off. If they keep this up, I suspect they can survive as a business only by relying on the semi-captive customs of the hotel patrons.
Perhaps we had the misfortune of coming here when the regular chef was off, and when Valentine’s Day tempted them to significantly mark up the prices. Perhaps on normal evenings the experience would have been completely different. But we’ll never know because we are not coming back.
Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Food 3 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 1