We booked this restaurant for a 21st birthday celebration following rave reviews from friends. I contacted the restaurant in advance as one of our party has special dietary requirements. I also told them it was a special celebration. The table we were allocated was awful as we had a till directly behind us and staff were frequently busy here. We were also on the edge of the main passage to the kitchen which was busy! The service was efficient but with what I can only describe as forced customer service. We had the set early menu which was good but not as spectacular as I had imagined. I had a fish cake starter which was underwhelming and the chicken main which was good. The custard tart for dessert was tasteless. The food across the rest of the party was mixed some good some decidedly average. The fish in particular was very heavy and greasy. For those who have read any of my previous reviews I generally look for the positive aspects which takes service and price into consideration. Something is missing at this restaurant, maybe relying on reputation in the past? Sometimes it is a case of the Emperors new clothes...who will dare to criticise this top Newcastle establishment. I felt very disappointed with what should have been a wonderful night which turned into an okay food night. Perhaps it is always better to go to a tried and tested for a special celebration night.
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