After returning from 2 weeks on Greece we decided to finish our holiday with a visit to the much talked about Waterfront Restaurant. We rang and were told we could have a table if we came early, 7.15 as they were fully booked....and we did witness 7 people turned away during our brief 1hour visit so booking is strongly advised.
We opted for the rib eye steak rather that the array of fish available. We asked for medium but when it arrived it was more med-rare....great for me not for the husband! The chips that came with it were slightly over cooked...they looked as if they had been fried twice and came pre-salted which was not to our taste....we don't like to use much salt on food and they were greasy due to the frying .....the only other accompaniment was a pile of rocket and a "pan" of bernaise sauce which was thick and not appetising to us. The meat was tasty but do I think it was worth the price paid...no not for this meal......think the Waterfront has great views from most tables..(the terrace being booked weeks in advance) and there is an array of fish that looked tasty and was well presented on the plate. Puddings were poor in variety, very small and not worth their cost. We had iced nougat and raspberry sorbet. It came with a small biscuit and a smaller lump of sorbet and a ball of iced cream with nougat in it which the husband ate in 4 mouthfuls.....husband also had a white hot chocolate which he said was more milk and sugar...very little chocolate taste.
The staff were attentive but looked under pressure and this sometimes showed in certain peoples faces. We were served by a new young man who was chirpy and really friendly and polite. The owner was pleasant and returned the chips and supplied an unsalted bowl in double quick time...adding he felt they weren't too bad but understood people have different tastes.
There was a vast specials board and a great variety of fish including a small selection that would appeal to children and there were children present and a high chair available for this purpose. There were tables, booths and they are placed far enough away form each other that you don't feel overcrowded.
We were glad we went but weren't overwhelmed by our visit.....it is worth a second visit but the jury is out on whether this will become a family favourite.
We would have rated this good because it doesn't deserve average but isn't very good yet.
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