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“local fresh seasonal , beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of ART Restaurant - CLOSED

ART Restaurant
52 High Street, Bangor BT20 5AZ, Northern Ireland (Formerly Fifty Two)
02891 450 452
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“local fresh seasonal , beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

I have to confess firstly i did not remember the name of the restaurant and had to check this was it by going onto their website,
After recently being on holiday in northern Ireland i have to say until i stumbled upon here i was very disappointed, i had come to the conclusion that the food revelation, of local fresh seasonal produce, had not reached this island, and then purely by accident, after having an absolutely terrible meal in corin we called in here in the hope of sustenance, and we got it, the depth of flavour in the food, freshness, and understated excellence was the best we tasted in our trip,clearly an old school classically trained chef (and i mean this in the best possibel way) unfortunately it was not busy, however we asked to speak to the chef, and she obliged, she is so passionate about using local seasonal produce, even after a long hard day she had us right there with her, the food is not pompously plated, it is what great classic food should be , local seasonal, fresh, with exceptional flavour, if you care about food, and where it comes from ,this is truly the one restaurant i have been to on my visit that i would recommend, the food is a true marriage of flavours, if this was pretty much anywhere else in the world you would have to book months in advance. Bravo Bravo bravo , on all counts, now this restaurant has the potential to win a star, although not quite there yet, however i get the feeling from the chef that it is not something he would ever want, she just wants to cook local seasonal food, and that she does exceptionally well.

Visited May 2013
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English first
Bangor, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“I wouldn't feed it to my dog”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

We regularly used to eat at 52(as it was known previously) and always had good food. so when it changed hands and became Art we thought we would give it a try. There were three of us in a completely emptyp restaurant on a saturday lunchtime - that should have been the first clue. We were handing a clipboard with several menus on. We made our choice. The girl eventually took our order and then the waiting began. My daughter had a glass of wine which was so poor she didn't risk drinking it. Then the waitress comes back and tells us we've ordered from the wrong menu and we have to choose from the menu at the bottom of the clipboard. So we re order. after a 40 min wait the food arrived, my husbands pasta was basic but just that. The Fish and chips oh so bad. Chips burnt and goodness know what the fish started out as. To say the restaurant was empty i can't understand why the service was so slow.
1st course the sharing bread platter wich for an extra sum you could add cheese too. Two minute stale rolls 1 tomatoe sliced into quaters, a few leaves in the middle and 3 pieces of cheese. Not inspiring but never the less.

Visited May 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Now been here 6 times. Always excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013 via mobile

As always a great time was had. Food was excellent once again and staff couldn't have been better. Will keep going back.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bangor
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Has potential!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

Hubby and I went for dinner last night - Sat @ 8pm - a little dubious as the previous restaurant (52) had disappointed us on several occasions with undercooked food!
Arrived to just one other couple in the corner (on a Saturday night!!) which only reached 4 couples when we were finishing, very little atmosphere as such a big room, no people (only 2 staff members) and a bit of background music. We were handed menus that were clipboards decorated with a collage of magazine cuttings (not inspiring really) and a menu list that didn't immediately grab our attention. However we kept an open mind. Hubby ordered scotch egg starter, I had gnocchi - both tasty enough but temp could have been warmer. Main course for hubby, rib eye steak with red wine and bernaise sauces and chips and for me pork with a red wine sauce (I think) Coucous and potato cake - could have done with a side of the sauce as the couscous was very dry. Again both surprisingly tasty despite the initial doubts when choosing.
We shared a dessert of panna cotta which was VERY tasty however the stewed rhubarb it came with was served straight from the fridge and wasn't that pleasant a texture - heated it would have been delicious!
One criticism of the food would be portion size - quite small for the prices - £18 & £15 respectively, £67 total bill.
There were a few other bug bears namely tea lights on the table but none lit. The wine list had no descriptions of the actual wines being served just simply stated Shiraz, merlot, Pinot etc. however the wine we chose was FAB! They need to advertise their collection!! Waitress was very pleasant and helpful but didn't know what the catch of the day was.
All in all a not unpleasant experience and with a little tweak here and there could be a fab restaurant back in the heart of Bangor! I hope it does well!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bangor, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Not impressed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

We went for dinner to this restaurant over a weekend and my overall impression was not a good one. We choose to order off the 3 course menu (£50 for 3 courses and a bottle of wine). About ten minutes after we placed our order we were advised there was no steak left. So my husband ordered something else. The starters we ordered both had toast included and when it came out it was rock hard, like it had been microwaved...... Not good. My main meal (seafood linguine) was totally tasteless. No seasoning and no flavour. And there was no salt or pepper on the table. When my husband's replacement main came out it had no side and it was minuscule! So he asked for chips. A few minutes later he was told there were no chips available ..... When we got to the dessert menu I ordered sticky toffee pudding. A few minutes after ordering and guess what - we were told there was no sticky toffee pudding available. The final bill came to £62.50. Shocking considering portion size, lack of food available and the fact we were still hungry when we left the restaurant :-( Overall, I did not leave with a good impression of the food. Service was good and the decor and ambience was ok. But let's face it - the food is THE most important aspect of any dining out experience and it just did not cut it for the amount of money involved.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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