Exciting and dramatic as you would hope, a thrilling aspect but disappointing food and service.
A great choice for a mixed age family celebration I thought, so along we all trooped ranging in age from 9 to 90.
After initial thrill, the details came into focus. the smeary black laminate tabletop, the lack lustre service and some showy dry ice filled teapots filled with truly disgusting jasmin tea cocktails..( I had to cajole the grim faced barman into eventual action) it seemed as though no one cared whether we liked them or not. The food was sticky, shiny and over seasoned with a bog standard chinesy tasting powder, reminiscent of a cheap oriental buffet, half cold into the bargain. At least It didn't matter that the portions were small.
The star of the menu, slow baked lotus leaf beef was quite honestly revolting and strange...I couldn't even drown my sorrows with the jasmin cocktail as it really was,well. terrible. We passed on the desert and left naturally somewhat grumpier than we arrived, now wondering if we could actually afford to buy ice creams on the south bank..Rain forced us all into the nearest starbucks for a warm up..
A visit to the ladies loo sort of sums it up. At first glance, colonial lattice gorgeousness, then you see how phoney and poorly designed it all is.
The loos are tiny and the doors are mini saloon style requiring 2 hands to secure the flimsy latch, actually a hook and loop like you'd find in a cheap shed. Meanwhile your handbag falls on the floor for everyone at the basins to see, as the gap between floor and door is at least a foot high, god forbid it's a full house and you break wind... . and of course it's just so undignified, seeing some stranger's trousers round their ankles....I mean, who designs these places ?!