All reader reviews by ladylevan

Caribbean Scene Royale

Good side: very nice decor, live musicians (not band, as only one man on keyboard and one lady singing) on friday and saturday evenings. Set by the river and on the sunny day we went it looked lovely. At night it looked stunning also, the restaurant looks over to the city lights of canary wharf and the millenium dome.

Bad side: I found the staff to be quite rude, we were asked on several occasions within 1/2 hour if the rest of our party (3 outstanding) were still coming as they would need the table soon. We arrived at six and left at ten and the restaurant only got half full, so they did not need the table.

Not child friendly, no children's menu, no high chairs for babies. My friend who it was her 30th we were celebrating had her daughter on her lap most of the evening.

Bottled water is laid out on the table in abbundance so you would assume its free, but was later to be told it cost £2.80 pr bottle (which is not bad), but we should have been told in advance.

We were told the bread was not ready yet, which every one gets complimentary. When our starters arrived the bread was ready, but was offered out to the rest of the guests, they did not offer us any bread.

The food is very expensive, but good presentation. If I go to a West Indian restaurant I expect large portions and lots of soul food, and side dishes that can be shared around. Forget that here, they went too a la carte with the food, I am very dissapointed. There is not alot of choice for the main dishes, the cheapest being £15.00. The macoroni cheese was weird, not traditional. All in all the food was Ok, it did not leave an everlasting impression.

After finishing the meal we went to the bar area where our children started to dance and enjoy themselves, we were not close to any other cutomers, but was told twice in 5 minutes from two staff to control the children and we were stressing out other customers which I find hard to believe as the music was so loud itself.

No free parking, there are double red lines everywhere. 5 minutes away was a car park which cost £4 for 2 hours, £6 for 3 hours, so expect to pay for parking.

They restaurant policies are awful, like one for example is if you book for 11 or more you have to pay £10 pr head while booking, and when your party is there you cannot have seperate bills unless there is less than 11 people.

I don't think I will be rushing back there in a hurry, there are far more better West Indian restaurants out there.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 5 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 0

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