Booked a table for 7 people on a Saturday night, thought there might be problems getting a table but this place seemed only half full at most. Despite this the service seemed slow, we didn't experience hour long delays like some other reviewers but the wait between the mains and dessert was noticeable - 30 minutes or so.
The food was acceptable, the portion sizes seemed on the small side and bulked up with lettuce. It seemed odd having lettuce with every single dish...especially the thai curry, 1/3 of the bowl being lettuce.
Some of the others had the lamb, seemingly it was rather chewy. Personally I had the seabass and I must say I've had better elsewhere. Nothing particularly wrong with it, it just seemed to be lacking in flavour a little.
I've been told to highlight the bruschetta, it was essentially just ciabatta bread with goats cheese and a small cut up tomato on it. No oil on the bread, barely any tomato, no rocket on the bread, the bread wasn't toasted and like every dish - it came with a pile of lettuce on the side.
The staff were very pleasant, the young man that primarily looked after us was very polite and even offered a taster of the soup as one of our group was unsure about the watercress soup. If only they weren't so rushed, I only noticed 2 waiters and 1 barmaid. I understand it's hard to get the balance right between being over and under staffed at peak times but Sense seems way off. Judging by other reviews, they're losing custom over it.
A prime example is that someone ordered a blue cheese sauce with the steak as a main, yet the sauce arrived after everyone else finished their mains. Apparently it wasn't worth the wait either, just seemed a plain old non-blue cheese sauce.
In my opinion, the prices are a little expensive for the small portion sizes. It's sad to see this place half empty on such a peak night. With Mambos and The Dining Room right on the doorstep, Sense needs to really up their game to compete. I don't think we'd go back as it stands, maybe on a mid-week special offer or something.
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