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“Disappointing”
Review of The Rock Garden

The Rock Garden
Ranked #15 of 137 Restaurants in St Peter Port
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$49
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: The Rock Garden Steakhouse serves a collection of the finest steaks around from Herefordshire reared fillets, Argentinian sirloins to melt-in-the-mouth Brazilian Rib Eyes. Our ethos is to provide taste bud hedonism and therefore we have endeavoured to source the finest steak from all four corners of the globe, cooked the way you prefer.
Reviewed 28 April 2014

Tasteless starter and a very mediocre main course - what was delivered was certainly not worth the very expensive price tag. Staff were helpful and the atmosphere is good so for drinks it would be good, but as a place to eat I'd definitely give it a miss

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3  Thank avas79
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Since my previous review, the Rock Garden at Fermain has undergone a revamp and change of cuisine. It is now the Rock Garden Steakhouse. The interior decor/theme has been changed 100% with change of dining furniture and installation of 4 place booths. In the summer it has the advantage of its nicely furnished Rock Garden outside, but for good weather of course.
I visited this restaurant following the less than appetising experience two weeks previously at "Red", the older established rival in town.
The menu us as you would expect from a steakhouse. The best cuts are sold at 100g weight.
The pleasant surprise was the relative reasonable price and range of wines. Beer is pricey (all Eurofiz!) and no real beer was on offer, either draught or bottled variety. I fed back to management that I thought the shift in cuisine is likely to be accompanied by new clientele who are likely to prefer the choice of a real beer. Management said they would address the issue.
Our food was excellently cooked and the cut was tender and tasty. I am not a great restaurant steak person as, in terms of chef skills, it's a "5 minute meal where the cow does 90% of the work!"
The service and wine was good. Good start Rock Garden. Keep it up and get some real beer in and see how it sells.

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Thank AustinAlford
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

First impressions put me off a bit, American, planks of wood instead of plates! I have to say this was the most succulent and tasty steak I've had in my life, and I've had quite a few. Don't let anyone tell you that a well done steak is dry and tough. It was perfectly cooked, oh so tender and juicy. It really tasted meaty with a bit of crispy burnt bits. The Camembert shared starter was very mild, a great change for me, drinks were very good and prices ok. Service was excellent.

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Thank marlynn52
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Reviewed 20 April 2014

When we arrived we had a cocktail at the bar. Unbelievably any cocktail with fresh mint wasn't available as they had no mint! The cocktail menu does not list ingredients as is the norm with cocktail lists. This makes it incredibly difficult to choose as you have no idea what you are getting. The two barmen are helpful, but very stretched. There is nowhere to put your coats so we kept them on. I struggled to find a member of staff to say we had arrived as there is no welcoming station. When we went to our table we browsed the paper menus in front of us. We had to ask to order drinks. The wine list is expensive. When we asked if we could order food, we were told that the waiter could only take drinks choices. Eventually we ordered. By this time we were famished and asked for some bread to keep us going. The waitress said it wasn't on the menu and we would be charged £1.50 per head, plus the fact it would take 10 minutes for the kitchen to cook some rolls. Instead, we ordered spring rolls and she went to the kitchen to expedite the starter. She returned saying they had run out of spring rolls. By this time, we were almost losing the will to live but ordered ur steaks. Sadly they had did not have all the steak cuts. Wierd in a steak house. Our table was booked for 8.15 and we finally got our meal at 9.40. The chef clearly needs more practice at cooking steaks. One of our party ordered rare fillet. The outside was over cooked and the centre raw. The triple cooked chips were delicious. We shared a knickerbocker glory which was delicious. Clearly this had been preprepared and arrived two seconds after ordering it straight from the chiller cabinet. Not any banana in sight! The place is exceedingly noisy and it was virtually impossible to hear each other or what the waitress was saying. The music is loud and the acoustics bad. Despite the fact there were still afew tables eating, the staff were clearing up for the night and obviously wanting to get off. We will not be returning to the Fermain Valley Hotel to eat. A couple of weeks ago we ate at their fish restaurant Ocean. That meal was not good either with two of our party having over cooked fish which had to be sent back.

6  Thank GuernseyGirlygal
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Contemporary décor for an interesting new restaurant.
For it to become a successful cocktail bar, the two barmen are going to have to speed up some. We waited nearly 15 minutes for our order to be taken. It was entertaining as cocktail shakers split and the contents splashed across the bar. The cider that eventually arrived had a strange taste to it which when communicated at the end of the night was handled well.
The Chateaubriand we ordered was well cooked and presented. The borlotti bean and chorizo soup to start was somewhat bizarre and virtually bereft of beans.
Overall we enjoyed the atmosphere, food and evening and would return.

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Thank 1957Steve
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