Myself and 10 friends ate at the in-house restaurant in the Missoni hotel in Edinburgh. Admitting fault on our part we had expected a party of 14 and came with a number of 10. The maître d’ advised us that, and note - AFTER ordering our food that due to our missing numbers in the party we would have to pay £20 a head cover charge between us for those missing diners. After two direct conversations with the maitre d' explaining that due to circumstances outwith our control we could not fill the the extra seats we finally came to a conclusion that thankfully we would not have to cover the missing persons with this tax but it was not without extensive debate. I can appreciate that in busy times and nights that this tax may be justifiable but there were at most 8 out of 20 tables taken in the whole restaurant. We had to resort to threatening leaving our ordered and cooked and almost served food on the table and walking to convince them that we would not pay this tax. Down to brass tacks - the food was average and whilst trying to live up to the standards of the brand Missoni they fell short of the mark and despite the fracas over the missing diners tax the pasta dishes for three of our party arrived almost 10 minutes later than the rest of our meat dishes, not acceptable when you pay £15 - £20 a main course, actually, not really acceptable in most circumstances. I had the patridge with spinach, it was generally ok flavoursome to a point, yet the wings were pretty sub standard for a £17 main course. Others said the venison was good and the lamb satisfied, but given the initial service it would have ideally been reduced but my inkling is that on a quiet night they were trying to secure the revenue no matter what. The staff did try to admittedly after the initial back and forths over numbers ramp up the service but it is certainly not how it should be administered. I am an Edinburgh resident and I will never return to Cucina, there are plenty more capable restaurants that deserve your custom. It was a shame that a quibble over table numbers in a half full restaurant dominated the conversation at the beginning of our evening.
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- Hotel Missoni Edinburgh Scotland
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- Edinburgh's most comfortable, fashionable and enjoyable hotel. At the corner of George IV Bridge & the Royal Mile, just steps from Edinburgh Castle, Hotel Missoni is in the heart of Edinburgh. This gives the bedrooms breathtaking views over the Royal Mile, Edinburgh’s historic Old Town, Arthur’s Seat and even on to and across the Firth of Forth. A hotel first. Style, luxury and design are blended to create an atmosphere of comfort and elegance. The unmistakable Missoni prints mix with the work of designers such as Marcel Wandes, Eero Saarinen, Arne Jacobson and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The heart of Hotel Missoni Edinburgh is our restaurant Cucina. Head chef, Mattia Camorani, a former protégé of renowned chef Giorgio Locatelli, creates dishes with a light modern touch, robust and hearty flavours or subtle nuanced combinations. From homemade gnocchi with a venison ‘battuto al coltello’ to our signature dessert, tiramisu. Meals are complimented by a carefully selected wine list, chosen for their interest and drinkability, to suit your meal and your mood. Bar Missoni fuses high fashion and expert cocktails. Classics perfectly mixed & new favourites designed by us. The best Italian coffee in Edinburgh & the world famous Vestri hot chocolate, exclusive to us. Also available is the Italian take on the traditional afternoon tea, focaccia sandwiches and delicate Italian cakes all homemade by the award winning team. The place in Edinburgh to see and be seen. Let the Missoni treat you to some genuine Italian luxury. Here, life is beautiful. ... more less
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