Have been meaning to post a review of The PKD for ages, have been a few times as it's very close to me, but I want to write about the experience I had when I booked a table for 8 friends for dinner on a Saturday night a few months back...
The PDK is right up my street. Great decor, thoughtful menu, great drinks, good service. It's really quirky with a sort of gentlemen's club, vintage, colonial, hipstery theme. That might not be your kind of thing, and it might sound a little contrived but trust me it's great - because it's done really well, with lots of great little touches...
BUT....and it's actually quite a big but... The music drove us a bit crazy. We were there for a few hours and they had what sounded like the same 'gipsy swing' album on repeat the whole time.
At first it seemed to fit the atmosphere to some extent, but after about the first hour it really started to grate. We eventually asked if there was anything they could do about it, perhaps put something else on... The staff were polite but it was obvious this wasn't thought of as a reasonable request, and the promised response from a manager of some kind never came. It perhaps sounds silly but this really tarnished the PKD for me. I thought of it as something if a trend setting type of place - somewhere trying to do something a little different, but the reaction of the staff and the clearly mandated playlist seemed at odds with this. Maybe you're not supposed to spend hours at the PKD eating and drinking. We would have stayed for many more cocktails after dinner, probably until closing, had we not had to listen to the same music all night. Apparently they have live bands some nights, what a shame they couldn't have a DJ or even put some FIP radio on on the nights they don't.
(Incidentally we actually suggested they hire a DJ for a little variety and we were told that it "wasn't that sort of place because people eat there" - how naive! Do they think all DJ's play is dance music!?).
Here's hoping they see the light soon.
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