All reader reviews by Frankie

Geales (Notting Hill)

Went here last Friday for an anniversary dinner. I had booked the table a good month previously and had called to confirm, but when we arrived (bang on time) we were told that people were still sitting at our table, but it shouldn't be long. We were happy to sit at the bar for a little bit, even though the booking was for 9pm (the only time they had available) and we had worked up quite an appetite! Unfortunately, once sat at the bar we were completely ignored, apart from being rudely barged into and shouted over by staff collecting drinks. The girl behind the bar didn't speak a word of english and looked at me like I was crazy when I asked for a wine list. After 15 minutes we were shown to a large table for 5 and told that this would have to do since our table was still occupied. I explained that we wanted the table for two we had booked, but the hostess just shrugged and said "well, what am i supposed to do? They're still sitting at the table, I can't move them". Thanks! So we went back to the bar for another 15 minutes of being shoved around. Eventually we were seated at our table for two, but the service remained awful throughout. First we were harassed about ordering, then once we had ordered the waiter came back 10 mins later to say they'd run out of two of the dishes we'd requested. He also chucked cutlery at the table rudely and just generally seemed clueless. When the food did arrive it was generally very good - the thai sort shelled crab was really yummy, as was the cod and chips, The potted shrimp was ok. The monkfish and lentils special was good too, but at these prices that's what you'd expect. Unfortunately, the rubbish service throughout had thoroughly killed the mood..... Despite the tasty grub I'll not go back nor recommend it.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 8 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 4

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