Four of us visited the Coast Restaurant yesterday (Sunday) evening, my wife and I and two friends whom we had not seen for several years and who we wanted to treat.
We had booked in advance and had a drink in the bar whilst our orders were taken. My first impression of the foyer had been that the establishment was air conditioned but on moving through into the bar and restaurant it was very obvious that it was not. To be fair the outside heat and humidity have been unusually high in the last few days but it was sad that the first impression was soon spoiled.
On being taken through to our table in the restaurant we found that we had a really good view of the sea and staff were both very welcoming and helpful. Our selections had been a mixture from the table d'hote and the a la carte menus. Our guests appeared to be happy with their choices or were too polite to say otherwise but I was disappointed in the Chicken Kiev, which had been described in the menu as one of the hotel specialities.
I should have been prepared as the breadcrumbed exterior of the Kiev looked as if someone had burned the toast. On cutting into it I found that it was overcooked and dry without a trace left of the of the garlic butter which, even if the Kiev had been slightly over-cooked, would normally have kept the centre reasonably moist. This wasn't.
The main purpose of our visit had been was to catch up with news from our friends and this we did, with eating being a secondary consideration, otherwise I would have spoken to the staff at the time. To send back something back,.even though barely palatable, would have disrupted our conversation and overshadowed our reunion.
A secondary consideration was possibly that the waiting staff were pleasant and helpful and it would have seemed ungracious to take out my real thoughts about the dish on them when it should have been on the kitchen staff. I always carry, however, a dog-bag to take any left-over treat for our dog and he did very well last night.
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