My wife and I regularly eat in Bournemouth, and regarding good restaurants, we are spoilt for choice, (do read some of my other reviews). Having driven past the Amalfi, we thought it would be worth a go, but it proved to be quite a disappointment. As soon as we entered the restaurant, the decor had that tired look which should have given us a clue. Sitting in a basement area with no access to windows didn't help. The staff were welcoming, but as soon as we were handed the menu, I could see very little that I wanted to eat. Eventually I opted for the avocado with prawns as a starter, but when it arrived, it was a rather brownish avocado covered with a large dollop of marie rose sauce. I did count four, very small shrimps. Where was the imagination I wondered?
In fairness, the main meal was OK, (linguini pescatore), however I also asked for a side salad; this comprised four small pieces of tomato, thinly sliced cucumber on a bed of iceberg lettuce. Even just a couple of olives might have spiced it up. It really reminded me of those inadequate Italian restaurants back in the 1970s.
Relative to other similar restaurants in Bournemouth, it certainly wasn't cheap, the atmosphere was dull and overall the food was disappointing. The staff were efficient, but that is all I can recommend in it's favour.
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