We visited this restaurant a few years ago, it was that popular you had to book in advance. My husband and I booked it to go with our 4 close friends.We were shocked that only a few tables were taken the rest remained empty. We all decided on a 3 Course meal. We ate our starters . Our main meals arrived 4 of us chose the duck in plum sauce. We added our vegetables to our plate. We started to eat . The plum sauce was terrible it tasted of tomatoes and had a real vinegar taste.It was impossible to scrape it off as the vegetables were swimming in it. It was really unpleasant and spoilt the whole meal. All 4 of us all complained which we have never done before ever in a restaurant in nearly 50 years.The waitress took the four meals back to the kitchen and we received the same meals back minus the sauce it was like being given left overs. We were told if we wanted fresh meals we would have to pay again. We asked to speak to the owner. Reluctantly she came out and was very rude,Even the best chefs in the world must get the odd thing wrong it may have been something wrong with the plums she had used etc.. but she was having none of it . As far as she was concerned she was the greatest cook in the world and there would never be a mistake with her food, we received no apology at all .
The two friends who were still eating were very upset as the vegetables had been removed off the table and they had not finished with them and they were expected to carry on eating among the bad atmosphere. We asked for the bill We expected to have to pay for the food that was eaten
but she was trying to charge us £20.00 each for the starters. We said that it was too much as 3 courses was £37.00 each . we agreed to pay £100.00 that really was too much but we did not want to make a scene as it was not fair on the other diners. She said she would have to escort us off the premises and she did with outstretched arms.
I eat out in all sorts of restaurants and often have the duck in a plum sauce, no meal tastes the same some times it is not quite to your liking but you put it down to your choice and not the restaurants fault but in this case the meal was uneatable.We shall not ever return to that restaurant.
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