Tuesday night @ 8pm for 2. Busy tea time serving reducing to 1/3 covers by 8:30.
Prompt service at start - welcomed to table by very friendly staff. Drinks order taken and delivered within 5mins.
Food order taken:
Appetisers: These arrived surprisingly late at 8:35 but were tasty and well prepared.
1x FOCACCIA MEDITERRANEA
1 x STUZZICHINI
Starters: Arrived at 8:50 (we were concerned about the speed of delivery at this point)
1 x PORTOBELLO AL FORNO (very tasty - hot and well presented - meaty and hearty mushroom in a sizzling cheesy dish )
1 x MUSSELS ALLA MARINARA (tasty but served in a cold bowl - outer mussels were cold and inner mussels were barely warm. Waitress informed but there was no feedback as to whether the chef was informed and no apology. Some slices of chilli were nearly 1/2 cm thick which does not allow for any flavour to impart to the sauce and acts as a real surprise when you discover it hidden in the sauce). 4 of 12 mussel shells were shattered on delivery to table.
1 x TERRINA FRUTTI DI MARE - VERY tasty seafood stew with a rich and 'bisque-y' sauce. At £14 I had hoped to enjoy the Seabass element a little more but was disappointed by the shavings of fish flesh that were included. Clams were hard to identify once they had fallen out thier shell.
1 x RISOTTO PESCATORE - very tasty seafood risotto which was seriously lacking in seafood. As with the Terrina - the clams were smaller than a five pence piece.
Both main course dishes arrived within 15mins of the starters. However, the Risotto was sat on the pass for a good five minutes before the Terrina was ready and the chefs needed to call service 3 times before the pass was approached by the waiter serving us for this course.
Meal came to £45 with a 25% food discount (voucher). We will return to give it a second chance.
Service - slow but friendly enough
Food - tasty but new dishes are unrefined and there are pass to table timing issues resulting in temperature problems
Value - Food bulked out by inexpensive ingredients and shelfish of variable quality. Drinks standard pricing for chain restaurants.
Atmosphere - very bubbly when busy - dominated by bussing serving staff when quiet
Romance - KippaxEater can romance just about anywhere ;)
Special occasions - Great for bigger tables
Hope this helps - would welcome discussion or feedback from ASK Italian, will amend review if they do.
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