I am an expert on Chicken Liver Pâté ! Predictable as I am! Eight of us ordered various starters & one of us asked the waitress Tagliatelle or Pâté - she advised the former! But, I went with my standard choice!
Pâté was awful more of a soufflé / mouse affair! Presentation was as if a five year old had put it on the plate! Everyone else's starters all looked good at least - this was a joke!
I did make my feelings / observations plain there & then! The waitress acknowledged theirs was
a 'light' Pâté !
My main: Pork Belly was good! One of our group muttered about an unsatisfactory main!
I was still hungry at this point (thank the Lord I didn't let any of the assembled have one of my 'side' chips!
So I had to have a Dessert! Not too fussed - but I can never pass over a Creme brûlée!
I asked the waitress if the Creme brûlées were passable! She knew of my dissatisfaction with the starter! I had full assurance!
Well, not over sized! Looked like a good Creme brûlée - lovely coating of burnt sugar / nice and hard! But! The creme was not too dissimilar to a quality brand of custard from a certain supermarket! (Now, there is a trick for a dinner party with non too discerning guests!) Sorry, once again it didn't do it for me!
So what are the positives? Nice bottle of water on the table with a mint in it! Most of us were satisfied with our fair! Staff most attentive!
Moving on! Wine, when I see prices going above £20 I have lost interest & really question as to why I am there in the first place! However, play the man! Homed in on the third choice of wine @ £22! (Little else I could do!) I asked to see two particular bottles & inspected them. Reds! They felt as if they had come out of a fridge! You don't treat an everyday Red like that! I made mention of the fact & I was assured the Bottle that would be returned would be at an appropriate temperature!
My companions however were imbibing a White wine @ a modest £35 per bottle - easy to open (with a screw top!!) I never buy screw top bottles of wine - at any price!
Overall - I had heard reports various! Now, that I've been there needn't go again! Too much of a gamble!
But, what is a gamble for the restauranteur is they never know which is the guy sat there who will write a report! And they got lucky it was me!
Lessons to be learnt? Mine? I won't return! For them? Well, simply this the customer is always right! And matters are always resolved when simply saying or their choosing not to itemise a particular starter in the final bill ? (That's what a good restaurant does / especially when it chooses to make most of its profits on its wines?)
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