All reader reviews by Doctor Paul

Almeida

Four of us had dinner there on Saturday 17th May . I had been there several times before the temporary closure and had much enjoyed it. This visit was a serious disappointment. Not least in that its former 'Frenchness' is no longer evident, either in the spirit of the operation or in the gastronomic experience. The obvious changes : unsmiling, uncommunicative receptionist, appalling service (an hour and a half from our arrival to main course), feeble excuses from the head waiter ('a lot of people arrived at the same time'), small portions, indifferent food. The formerly fabulous charcuterie trolley which used to be served at your table is now a few tiny plated blobs of pâté and a couple of slices of saucisson. The fish was acceptable but in a bland sauce. The brie was under-ripe and tasteless. The only enthusiastic service was the attempt by two different waiters to sell us bottled water before we had even looked at the menu. For the first time in my life (I am 63), I refused to pay the service charge. Lamentable.

Monday, May 19, 2008
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 3


Song Que

The food has been consistently good since this place opened, and the service increasingly shaky as its popularity has increased. One can accept that it is sometimes necessary to share a table or vacate it by a particular time. However, one of the two delicious soups we had last night was not the hot and spicy version which I ordered, and the other people at our table had the same dish brought twice. Furthermore, there was a dead fly in the salad. A waiter inspected the corpse and took the plate away. The two older members of staff then came over and said that it was not possible for a fly to get into the food. So apparently the fly's presence was a matter of opinion. Mine is that a modest discount would have been ultimately more profitable than a denial.

Monday, July 23, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 7


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