We came to this restaurant before the theatre and from outside it looked quite nice. The service was friendly, although maybe a little try hard for my liking. The menu was okay but nothing really stood out. For a starter I went for prawns with white wine, garlic and chilli. This dish was served with the prawns in shell which wasn't mentioned. I cannot bear to shell prawns and had to get the other half to do this for me. The presentation was dated. The dish consisted of three prawns, a soggy bit of toast with some unidentified gravy type sauce on it and half a plate of shredded iceberg lettuce salad with a slice of orange on top. The prawns were over cooked and rubbery with no taste and certainly no sign of garlic or chilli in the dish. For about £7 this was a real letdown.
The main for me was pollo rustico whilst he went for fillet steak with a mushroom sauce. My dish was swimming in a thin, creamy but completely tasteless sauce. The fresh peas were tiny and overcooked, most of them shrivelled up to almost nothing. The steak on the other hand was nicely cooked but again, the sauce was a let down and lacking any flavour. The steak came in at just over £20 for a smallish fillet and sides had to be purchased as extra. He ordered fries which did not look to appealing and reminded me of frozen ready made chips.
Price wise, this place is not cheap and the quality of the food does not match up. It cost us over £80 for a two course meal. Drinks are expensive with a medium bottle of water costing £3.50 and bottled beer coming in at £4-£5
The decor of the place is nice at a first glance, but the longer we were in there the more it felt like a try hard cheap restaurant with tacky blue lighting at the bar area and lots of faux leather features.
All in all, this place seems to be a small, independent and possibly family business. It's approach to food is dated. The menu is large and what we tried was not well executed. They appear to be trying to place themselves on par with larger and higher end Italian restaurants rather than trying to deliver simple and fresh Italian food. Needless to say I won't be going again and was really disappointed with the meal. On the plus side, tesco is round the corner so I could pick something up before the show.
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