We had been to the British Museum and picked up our daughter from Uni for a meal. The surroundings are pleasant. We were in the basement where it is light and the tables are far enough apart. However, service was soooooo sloooow. I had to actually go and find someone to take our order and explain what this dish and that one were on the menu. The meals advertised on the blackboard outside were not all available.
We chose three different main courses: Parmigiana, Tagliolini and Mushroom Ravioli. The portions were OK for the first two, but minute for the Ravioli. My wife and I both thought our meals 'acceptable but nothing special'. A large glass of wine was £9.50. The cheese board for two was again minute portions. The ice cream was very good. The bill was £77 for three. This included three main courses, a side salad, two glasses of wine, a cheese board for two and ice cream. This was, I thought, a bit over the top for something which, in another location, would have been cheaper.
I really despise the 'we are adding 12.5% service charge' mandate Frankly I might have put a fiver on the table - it was impossible to catch the eye of anyone to re-fill our water carafe. But who wants the aggro of arguing about taking the charge off? That would have ruined a pleasant evening with our daughter.
The experience was acceptable, pleasant enough and certainly not a disaster, but not a special evening before we headed back to the provinces and our daughter back to the Uni library.
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