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Amerigo Vespucci

The Mackenzie Walk in Canary Wharf is full of restaurants, the evenings are always buzzing with people, but as you near Amerigo Vespucci, the people all fade away, and you are welcomed to a stack of empty chairs at the entrance. This was surprising, after reading rave reviews about the restaurant on this very website. Honestly, I am not amazed anymore after spending an evening there.

It all began with the reservations, I booked online, to which I got a prompt auto reply saying I would receive a call back about my booking in 48 minutes (yes, they were very precise!). Well, the call never came, and when I called later that evening, they didnít even have me on their list.

The ambience is good, with welcoming dťcor. Itís the food and service that leaves one wishing for more.

In an age of minimalist dťcor, itís the service that the management has taken a minimalist approach to. As the waiters and waitresses hurdled together near the bar, I saw customerís frantically wave arms to get their attention or just sit with their finished plates in front of them. The food is below average and when I took the first bite of my meal, baked beans on toast seemed like a more appetising option.

Maybe we all just ordered the wrong kind of food, maybe we just went there the day when the entire staff was in a bad mood, but I am quite positive I am not going there just to see if I was wrong about them.

If its ambience that you seek, this place isnít all that bad, but if like me, its good food and service you are after, give this restaurant a skip.

Friday, May 18, 2007
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 1 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 2


Amerigo Vespucci

The Mackenzie Walk in Canary Wharf is full of restaurants, the evenings are always buzzing with people, but as you near Amerigo Vespucci, the people all fade away, and you are welcomed to a stack of empty chairs at the entrance. This was surprising, after reading rave reviews about the restaurant on this very website. Honestly, I am not amazed anymore after spending an evening there.

It all began with the reservations, I booked online, to which I got a prompt auto reply saying I would receive a call back about my booking in 48 minutes (yes, they were very precise!). Well, the call never came, and when I called later that evening, they didnít even have me on their list.

The ambience is good, with welcoming dťcor. Itís the food and service that leaves one wishing for more.

In an age of minimalist dťcor, itís the service that the management has taken a minimalist approach to. As the waiters and waitresses hurdled together near the bar, I saw customerís frantically wave arms to get their attention or just sit with their finished plates in front of them. The food is below average and when I took the first bite of my meal, baked beans on toast seemed like a more appetising option.

Maybe we all just ordered the wrong kind of food, maybe we just went there the day when the entire staff was in a bad mood, but I am quite positive I am not going there just to see if I was wrong about them.

If its ambience that you seek, this place isnít all that bad, but if like me, its good food and service you are after, give this restaurant a skip.

Friday, May 18, 2007
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 1 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 2


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