All reader reviews by Nick
My partner and I dined here earlier this evening having walked past the restaurant many times in the last few months.
The restaurant seems very pleasant from the outside. Inside it was empty for the entirety of our meal.
I ordered from the a la carte menu; my partner from the Express menu at £10.95 for two courses.
For starters I ordered crab and prawn fishcake with a light seafood bisque. The portion was substantial but was of very low quality. I could have made much better at home. The light seafood bisque turned out to be a cloying and cheap tomato sauce which did not suit the dish. My partner's starter of stir fry noodles with prawn looked as if it was straight from a supermarket ready meal pack and tasted much the same.
The main was much the same. Like the previous reviewer I had the duck with pumpkin mash. The duck was roasted and presented nicely and the quality was acceptable. However, there was no sense of texture to the dish- the two accompanying ingredients (pumpkin mash and the apple and fennel marmelade) were both gooey and disgusting. I left most of it. My partners minute steak came with french fries that tasted stale and straight from a packet. The steak itself was well cooked but full of gristle. Most of it had to be disgarded.
Service seemed slick but was slightly over-attentive as there were too many waiters for very few customers.
This is an incredibly disappointing restaurant which is simply no match for the local competition. Some reviewers have praised this restaurant for being unstuffy and unpretentious and serving good food...I am baffled. Gourmet Burger Kitchen (just over the road) beats this place hands down for value for money. Fishhook (5 mins walk away) knocks the socks off this place for quality of food, service and atmosphere.
We will not be returning and advise others to avoid.
Friday, September 01, 2006
Food 0 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 0