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We had an extremely disappointing experience at Orrery last week. It began when we arrived 15 minutes early for our table and decided to go and have drinks on the terrace. Having been shown up there by a waitress, we were then forgotten about, and after waiting 15 minutes decided to go back down and sit at our table. When we pointed out to a waiter that we hadn't been served upstairs, he told us that the terrace should have been shut; would have been nice if the waitress had told us that! And there were couples still drinking upstairs...??

After this debacle, we sat down and were promised that we'd be looked after. However, when I looked at the menu I saw there was no vegetarian options for the main course, despite the fact that when I booked I had specifically asked about this and was told there would be veggie options available. The same waiter offered me a dish that sounded pretty unappetising and said that if we were in Spain I'd be getting nothing! It was a joke but after our experience so far we decided to leave as the evening had been soured. Atmosphere lacking, service extremely poor and we were not prepared to pay £48 for a menu that consisted of very second-rate vegetarian food.

Monday, July 19, 2010
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 0 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 0

Blue Elephant

I went to the Blue Elephant for the first time recently. I think the main reason for going is definitely the decor: very large, tropical area with several bridges over streams containing koi carp, all within the restaurant!

The food was pretty nice and had a good veggie selection. We had a 50% off offer and therefore were given a set menu, which encompassed many little 'tasters'. This made for a generous meal and even if you don't particuarly like one dish, there are enough others to make up for it. The drinks are pretty expensive, but then, I think you are paying for the experience.

My only real criticism was that it's very noisy, and the tables are situated very close together so it's a little hard to hear what you're saying.

All in all though, we had a great night!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

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