I booked the Strawberry Tree for a special family occasion as my siblings are "foodies" and I had long wanted to eat there myself. I should say first off that the food was everything we had hoped for and more. I had forgotten flavours and food could be so good. I enjoyed every mouthful and was glad that I had made the reservation for such a special occasion.
Would I go back? Well no. I found the person in charge to be officious, cold on arrival and efficient without any warmth. The other members of staff were quiet and almost timid when clearing the table and delivering the food. The atmosphere in the restaurant was muted and as a result of the staff, the whole meal could have felt intimidating only for the fact that I am not easily intimidated! What a shame!!!! It is not enough for the food to speak for itself when looking for a treat of a night out, if the whole package takes from the culinary delight it should have been.
The bar was comfortable and the staff there very friendly.
I have since spoken to a number of people about my feelings having eaten here and it would seem I am not alone. Most who live in the area say that there is an alternative (Monart) where the food is as good but the atmosphere is much better for an important meal out. I will try that next time. Shame!
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