In a nutshell: starters and puddings were excellent, mains were good but nothing special, service excellent, ambiance was ok, not cheap but not too expensive. Would I go back?: definitely.
For starters we had the meat plank, arancini and bread selection, all of which was excellent - 10 out of 10. Main courses were tagliatelle bolognese (6/10), spaghetti alla norma (6/10) and black angel spaghetti (7/10) which were all made from good quality ingredients and well cooked, but somehow lacked inspiration and nothing to write home about. Portions were moderately sized, which I like as it leaves room for dessert, but others may expect a little more on their plate. For desert we had the ice cream selection (9/10) and raspberry frangipane (9/10) which were both excellent. The ice creams were served with some delicious toppings. And finally the expresso was divine (10/10).
Service was terrific too. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable, changed our order without fuss, and ultimately made our meal a little more enjoyable.
As for atmosphere, we went on a Thursday evening and it was pretty full, mostly of young, trendy Bristolians including unfortunately a loud, drunk group on the table just behind us. I though it might be a big works party but when I turned around I saw there were only 4 of them! The decor is an odd variation of industrial cafeteria chic, with basic tables and plastic chairs all too close together. I'd expect a little more room for the prices, but I suppose they're aiming for the bustling, urban feel rather than quiet, sophisticated ambiance, so that's fair enough.
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