Should have gone to La Tosca.
We were just in the mood for Tapas, Indian tapas, but we found that Chilli Pepper had moved from the lanes. The other Spanish bar was fully booked so we managed to book into Ole, Ole. They only had 2 slots available and they were accompanied by a flamenco dancer. We decided on the earlier booking so we could have an early night ready for our long drive home.
Arriving a little early, only 1 other table was occupied by 4 diners. The waitress was very friendly and told us a little about the wine we had chosen as it came from her region. Selecting 5 dishes we settled in readiness for our meal. The bread and olives was very nice. Good tasting olives and just the right softness making them enjoyable. Bread nice and fresh but no oil and vinaigrette to go with the bread as requested.
Prawns were probably the best dish out of the 5 selected. The garlic sauce they came in was very flavoursome wit the right amount of garlic without drowning out the flavour of the prawns which had a lovely crisp bite to them. The sausage dish was ok but a little oily, so much so that the oil did not sit well in my tummy making me feel queasy. The meatballs were a disappointment. I love tapas meatballs with a spicy tomato sauce, making my own regular. These meatballs were lighter in colour and not much flavour. The sauce again was paler in colour and not very hot with a bit of a skin on top. The potato in tomato and sausage sauce again was very oily. The potatoes tasted reheated. I can not even remember the last dish we had, obviously memorable, not!
The wine was very vinegary and what with the oily foods, it caused heartburn later to such a degree that it caused me to be sick on returning to the hotel.
A great place to meet up with your friends for a good natter, trouble was, it was the staff who were meeting up with their friends, in the kitchen!. Straight from outside and into the kitchen questioned the hygiene of this laps behaviour. As all our dishes came out at separate intervals, that took the pleasure out as at times I was waiting for the dish I had chosen. All the tapas I've ever visited always brought the selected dishes out altogether. Maybe if they didn't allow people to walk into the kitchen, willy nilly, then the cooks could concentrate on the orders and get them out to the customer hot.
In the hour we were there I lost count on the many different people who walked into the kitchen. The kitchen was clearly visible as it was located at the back of the room with a half wall. Bare cold white walls with a few pictures scattered around. Wooden floor and a little thoughtless rustic design. We expected the restaurant to be full as we were told only the two slots were free yet a large group of people walked in off the street with no booking and were accommodated. Only 2 other tables that were set up for booking were filled while we were there.
I do have to say the flamenco was good. Very nifty footwork was displayed and the music had the life associated with flamenco. Just a shame the food didn't.
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