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“Disappointing!”
Review of The Kilted Chef - CLOSED

The Kilted Chef
Price range: US$20 - US$65
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Kilted Chef is an independent restaurant in the centre of Bath, serving contemporary British food with a Scottish twist. Our warm and ambient dining facilities provide the perfect venue for a relaxed lunch or memorable dinner in the heart of Bath. All our dishes use only the finest ingredients whilst reflecting the varying seasons. Our set lunches and pre-theatre dishes offer particularly good value for money and we have received many favourable reviews of our A La Carte and bespoke taster menus which can be prepared on request.
Bath, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Disappointing!”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

A group of us dined here a while ago and had high expectations after reading the menu. Although it wasn't terrible it did lack in certain areas. The service was hit and miss, with the odd things like not being able to have coffee at the end and the toilets being a bit of a mess adding to the disappointment. Various dishes were delicious where as others missed the mark. I would say overall the portion size was a bit on the small side regardless of it being more of a fine dining establishment. Perhaps at the moment the restaurant is just a bit to overpriced for what it is delivering.

  • Visited April 2014
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3 Thank Reviewer660
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English first
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Food very good but front of house....”
Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

Took some friends out for special meal, booked for a la carte menu
Wrong menus initially
No butter with bread,
Wrong dish served
Later no biscuits with cheese,
Credit card processor not working
Bit like Fawlty Towers.
However presentation excellent but food lacked that extra pizazz
Entrees great, mains good, deserts ok
Won't hurry to return
Disappointed as expected better

Visited June 2014
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3 Thank OnslowBath
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Portishead, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“A very special night”
Reviewed 7 June 2014

I found the Kilted Chef by chance on the internet and boy were we glad we did. The service and food was amazing. The staff were among the most attentive we have ever had, in particular the maître d' who went out of his way to ensure that my wife and I had a very special anniversary night. We couldn't fault the food from the canopes, the starters (especially the lobster risotto) and the mains (lamb and steak) which were presented like fine art! To top it off we were presented with a special anniversary dessert and got to meet the kilted chef himself. A wonderful night. We would thoroughly recommend this restaurant and look forward to going back. Simon and Ruth

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Simon C
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Westbury, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The extra mile”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Had a fantastic evening at The Kilted Chef last night for our anniversary. Dougie, the kilted chef himself, made us a special array of desserts as a surprise. They were stunning.

I started with Lemongrass and tarragon fish cakes and my husband had the Stir fry of Somerset pork marinated in hoisin, ginger and chilli. Both starters were excellent. The flavour sensations were fantastic.

We both had Pan fried new season Somerset lamb, which melted in the mouth, and the accompaniments were delicious.

We ordered desserts and that is when we were presented with the array of desserts to celebrate our anniversary.

It was a lovely touch and made our evening.

We rounded off with delicious coffee and beautiful handmade chocolates, which are made on the premises.

The lunch/pre theatre menu is excellent value for the quality of the food, and looks stunning on the plate.

If they are made aware that it is a special occasion they certainly go the extra mile to make it memorable.

Dougie and his staff work extremely hard to give good service and stunning food and you don,t feel as if you have been short changed in any way.

If you want an excellent dining experience that does not mean you have to take out a second mortgage, this is the place for you.

It was also lovely to speak to the Kilted Chef, Dougie, himself. He has a real passion for creating stunning food and his business. Long may he continue to create beautiful, stunning and mouth watering creations. A true genius of his culinary art and well worth a visit when you are in Bath.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank eandd_13
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TheKiltedChef, Public Relations Manager at The Kilted Chef, responded to this review, 8 June 2014
It was lovely accommodating you for your anniversary meal. We are delighted that you had such a fantastic time and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Over priced, uncomfortable atmosphere, poor service, over hyped”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

I dined at the kilted chef on Saturday last, the place was without any ambience whatsoever, better atmospheres in a dentists waiting room!
Waited for almost half an hour untill we were given a menu.
I chose the lamb dish, with an oxtail and kidney accompaniment, this was so over seasoned, I could only assume the chef had either been suffering from a heavy cold, or forgotten he had already added salt!
For a resteraunt which on the surface is offering so much, and charging high prices, I felt sorely disappointed and for want of a better terminology, ripped off!
It just wasn't value for money!
There was only one senior member of staff, the rest of the staff seemed to be lacking guidance, at one point, there wasn't a single member of staff to be seen, it resembled the Marie Celeste, this just isn't good enough, the resteraunt isn't living up to its billing!
As one who dines at many of the countries top resteraunts, i know this to be a fact!!

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Elysilverfox
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TheKiltedChef, Public Relations Manager at The Kilted Chef, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
The review before yours has been left by a diner on the same night and their experience was "perfect"! It just goes to show how subjective the whole experience of eating out can be!
I am sorry that you did not enjoy your evening with us. For someone who dines at many of the countries top restaurants I am surprised to see that this is your first review! Sadly, it is often easier to complain than it is to offer praise where praise is due.
Quite rightly, TripAdvisor has given both you and your fellow diner a public voice. If I could make a suggestion for the future, it is more beneficial to all concerned if you mention your dissatisfaction during your evening. Then your concerns can be discussed and a resolution can be offered at first point of contact.
The customer experience will always be our primary concern and we go to great lengths to ensure that the customer has the finest dining experience possible. To this aim we welcome honest feedback and appreciate it if it is offered in a constructive manner.
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