My wife and I visited The Brasserie for the first time since it had first opened some years ago. We chose it because of its central location and the fact that we really enjoy visiting their sister establishment, The Railway at Westerfield. We also have a Gourmet Society card, so enjoy 3-4-2 on all courses.
On arrival there was only 2 other tables in and the restaurant is quite big so it lacked atmosphere. Our waitress was lovely and served us quickly.
We chose deep-fried brie and a calamari to start followed by a Sirloin steak with dauphinoise potatoes and a Rib Eye steak with chips and salad.
The brie we expected to come warm and oozing but it was stone cold. It was taken back to the kitchen, but came back only a little warmer. The calamari was rubbery and overcooked.
The rib eye steak was very nice however the sirloin was overcooked and the dauphinoise was not at all what we had thought. It was a bowl of chipped potatoes swimming in a creamy, cheese sauce. Really not nice.
Overall we found the food uninventful, boring and not cooked with any particular skill. The menu is quite old fashioned.
It was a real disappointing visit and I would have been really annoyed had we had to pay full price. They were good enough to take off the starters though.
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