I took my mum here for Mothers Day along with my dad and brother where there was a specific menu to choose from. The choice was great - everything sounded appealing. On the table there were two small dishes with black pepper and salt which is fair enough in your own home but in a communal place, the idea of strangers fingers having dipped in and out of these bowls is not very hygienic! Then we noticed there were small bits of food AND a small white tablet in the salt bowl!!? We pointed this out to one of the waiters who said something along the lines of "yes, this is just some food" (reiterating my point about sharing finger bowls like this in a restaurant!) and then when we brought his attention to the tablet in the salt, he replied, "ah this must have been from last night (!!?) there was a crazy lady sat at your table and she must have dropped one in" - regardless of whether this was true - it was totally unprofessional and disconcerting to have been told this! We were then brought a fresh salt bowl to the table (not that we'd use it for hygiene reasons!). I was really surprised the waiter wasn't apologetic! The overall service was fairly good, our waiter wasn't entirely sure of the menu as we had to repeat or point to most dishes that we asked for. He explained this was due to the new menu for Mothers Day and not yet being familiar with the food items. The food itself was ok, but I ordered the gnocchi dish - the mushrooms in this dish were fantastic - a selection of wild mushrooms all cooked perfectly - however the gnocchi underneath was substandard. It was essentially herby mashed potato fried into little parcels. This was not gnocchi and was a real disappointment. The flavours were all great but I can not believe this dish was served as 'gnocchi', the texture was totally wrong, stodgy and not the silky doughy potato parcels you expect from a gnocchi dish. All in all our visit was a disappointment - my father said the bathrooms were dirty and the overall feel of the place wasn't quite right. I am still hopeful that if I were to come back in a couple of months with a different menu available then the restaurant may prove me wrong. I will need some time before then though! I won't be coming back any time soon. Such a shame.
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Posted: Fri Aug 3 2012
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