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Pane Vino

Like other reviewers, I thought the food very good but the service so bad I wouldn't consider coming back here. I was the first to arrive in my group and the waitress decided to move me from the table we had originally been assigned to a draughty one by the door. It then took five attempts to order an aperitif. Service was grumpy throughout, our starters were mixed up, our glasses were dirty and when we tried to order a second, identical bottle of wine the waitress brought a different one. As a final touch, the waitress initially insisted that we pay with one card only (as if we would only go to a restaurant if a single person were paying)- despite the fact that we were paying £50 per head. It was only when I said we'd better have separate bills in that case that she gave in - with extremely bad grace. I live locally to the restaurant but my two companions had travelled up from suburban south London especially, which was embarassing. Given that Pane Vino must be the most expensive restaurant in Kentish Town, you would think they would work a bit on the service - nobody's coming here for a 'Wong Ki' experience.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 8 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 6

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