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Le Cafe Anglais

My recent experience at this restaurant can only be described as weird. The reception staff were abit offhand both when we first entered the downstairs part and then also when we arrived on the first floor from the lift. The girl at the desk barely even acknowledged us.

We were sat at a nice table, the dining room is very nicely done out. Seating very comfortable. Menus are a little confusing at first and I'm also not really sure why a restaurant of this supposed standard has to include a cover charge. Come one guys, bread costs you hardly anything, less if you bake it yourselves, its taking the mickey abit here.

One of our main problems was the service in sofact as they wouldn't leave us alone. Maybe they've been reading the other reviews and decided to step it up a notch or a hundred as we simply couldn't get rid of them. Within about 1 minute of sitting down we were asked twice if we were ready to order. This was followed by a procession of staff coming to our table asking if we were ready to the point that as one was stepping away from the table at one side, another was stepping towards us from the other. We had to actually ask three times to be left alone, saying we would call them over when we were ready.

We ordered two of the canapes and one starter to share all of which were very nice. However the main courses were not so great. My friend had ordered the Pheasant which came with a frankfurter. We assumed this was a play on words and it would be a pheasant sausage or something, but no, it was a cheap, nasty looking and tasting frankfurter. What it was doing on a plate of game I have no idea. There was cabbage with the dish but it wasn't saurekraut and frankly the whole thing was just so oddly put together it was un-eatable. My duck was ok, but have had better or much less money. You also must really order sides as without you don't really get a complete meal. The dessert was the nicest thing of the entire evening as you can choose a selection of fresh fruits with sorbet and the list is long and inspiring. I adore fruit and think it is oftern overlook as a dessert so was very pleased to see this effort being made. Cheeses were also good, but again for the price not really worth it.

The wine list is an absolute horror story in mark ups. I work in the industry and am well aware of what mark ups should be in terms of the needs of the business and here again I think they are taking the p**s. The entry level wines are also not reasonable enough. This restaurant is no where near the calibare needed to justify entry level wines at that price.

As our meal went on the service was friendly and attentive, they managed to tone down our initial overload on attentiveness! The dessert was really the highlight for me, but unfortunately I don't think there is enough else to make me return.

Monday, February 11, 2008
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 4

Thai Origin

This is a nice, relaxed place with pretty decent thai food. It's not going to knock your socks off but is very reasonably priced, especially with the 25% discount on food with nice food. If you fancy a quick meal you can certainly do alot worse!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 9

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