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The Fish Shop

I had dinner here with a friend last night and was simply amazed at the appalling service, lack of atmosphere and quality of the food. The fact that only three tables were occupied in this rather characterless and IKEA-like establishment should have had our alarm bells ringing, but we ordered food anyway.

The starter of fresh prawns with garlic mayonnaise was pretty tasty. However, the main courses arrived straight after we'd finished the prawns. My friend had ordered a main course of scallops, which arrived cold and nothing like it was described on the menu. For £20 (!) one would expect a bit more than the measely six scallops that were on her plate. Needless to say we had it send back to heat up and they must have put them in the microwave to reheat.

I had the halibut, which came with bearnaise sauce and chips. The chips were the best part of the whole meal. The halibut may have been warm, but it was the most dry and tasteless piece of fish I'd ever had. According to the rude waitress, halibut is a fish that doesn't require any seasoning and the dryness was due to the meatiness.

We didn't get a chance to order any dessert as the staff at this point were extremely annoyed with us and made it very clear they didn't like our constructive criticism. At no stage, did we receive any apologies or were we offered a free coffee for the bad meal and horrible service. The final drop was an error in the bill and we left without paying the optional service charge and vowed never to return to the Fish Shop ever again.

Thursday, December 07, 2006
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 3 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 1

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