We ate here after reading good reviews on TA and realised that it was in staggering distance from our hotel. It's a small place, facing the river and is easy to miss.
The atmosphere inside is pleasant and the young woman doing most of the service was immediately welcoming. The young guy whom I took to be the owner spent rather too much of his time watching football on his computer to assist her for the greater part of the evening.
The food we had was well cooked and generally nicely presented and at the upper end of what we paid in the three or four restaurants we visited. I had a fillet of pork from a breed of black pig that was especially pleasant although the Roman crisp shape chips that came with it were rather on the cool side when I got them and not half so eatable as the freshly fried ones I had at Piccolo Irpinia the following night. Vegetable tempura and a cheese and potato starter were, however excellent.
What irked me about the place, apart from our being deprived of the attention of the male part of the serving team due to sporting commitments, was the absence of a usable menu. What served as a bill of fare was a small two sided blackboard being toted about the tables. The result was that one was faced with the menu and the server much at the same time and the business of deciding what to have from a reasonably long list became a rather truncated affair. Admittedly, the board was left for perusal while others were being served but not for the amount of time that allowed civilised thought.
I realise that some may find this arrangement to their liking but I can't see the point to it other than as a means to organise when customers may start their deliberations as to what they are going to eat. I don't mind a blackboard on the wall, I don't mind a bit of paper with the dishes scribbled or typed on it but I need something to look at for a few minutes before I make my choice, not a quick shufti with a server standing over me, helpful or not.
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