We used to eat in Food for Friends fairly frequently in the '80s and '90s. Probably weekly. Later, we moved out of town, had children, and life changed. Last night nostalgia got the better of us, and we thought we'd re-visit our old haunt. I believe the restaurant has changed hands since we were last there. It's still vegetarian, but quite a lot smarter to look at, and the food has become less 'hungry vege student' and more 'arty, gastro'.
We opted for the three course set menu, and the starters seemed promising. The portions weren't huge, but when you're having three courses, that's probably a good thing. I'm not entirely sure what my starter was, but it consisted of courgettes, carrots and feta, all very artistically arranged on the plate, and actually very tasty. So far so good. Next came the main course. My husband ordered the curry, and I ordered the 'crispy' potato and quinoa 'trencher'. Perhaps I was a little naive. The word 'crispy' should have rung alarm bells. However, I was unprepared for the rectangle of deep-fried potato cake that arrived on a teeny-weeny mound of very damp, wilted spinach, and completely unaccompanied by any proper vegetables. Again, the dish was artfuily arranged, and little heaps of cooked, skinned red pepper were dotted about with drizzles of some kind of oily dressing. The potato cake turned out to consist of sloppy mash coated in quinoa. It wasn't inedible. Just bland, greasy, and disappointing. If there'd been a good showing of accompanying vegetables, I would have left it and just eaten those, but as I was hungry, and that's all there was on the plate, I finished it off, then felt cross with myself for doing so. My husband's curry was not too much better. 'Gloopy, bland, and not very hot' was his verdict.
The puds were an improvement. My husband genuinely enjoyed his chocolate mousse cake. My apple crumble was ok, and nicely presented. Overall it was a mixed experience, but not one we will be repeating, The bill came to £50.60 for the food plus one glass of house wine, and one coffee. Too expensive to take a second chance.
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