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“A let down” 2 of 5 stars
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Mancini's
Water ST, Aberaeron SA 46 0DG, Wales
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Ranked #24 of 25 Restaurants in Aberaeron
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: CL0SED
Aghios nikolaos
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A let down”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

It started out amusing enough, the young owner had an air of Basil Fawlty about him so we took the eccentric manner in our stride and settled in for a pleasant evening. They only served one starter when we had ordered two but they quickly put that right. We had trouble finding a main dish that wasn't smothered with cream or cheese, so settled for the seafood spaghetti as my friend has a condition that limits her diet. It sounded lovely, with mussels, scallops and jumbo tiger prawns.

The first time they bought the spaghetti dish it was covered in a creamy cheese sauce, apparently roquefort, but not mentioned on the menu! However that was whisked away at our request and very quickly (Too quickly?) the second effort was placed before us. Unfortunately not a scallop or a jumbo prawn insight, the reason I had ordered the dish.

My husband had gone for a safe carbonara but alas it was almost solid with cheese and had set like a block by the time he gave in and admitted defeat. Our fourth guest ordered lasagne and he was very happy with that.

I am putting this review on, not to just moan as I think all the staff are very nice and helpful, there was no quibble about taking two meals off the menu, but we would all rather have had a nice meal and paid in full. If this restaurant wants to do well it really needs to think about the quality of the food it serves and at least keep to the description in the menu. Maybe further training for the chef? As I said in the title, started promisingly enough but was a real let down because of the food.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Amazing food, fantastic value, a real treat!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Was a little apprehensive after I read the reviews however so happy we took the gamble. Food was fantastic, substantial portions and great value. Staff could be more professional however they meant well and were very friendly. Lovely family meal - definitely recommend if you want a nice evening out with the kids. A***

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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dhpsh, Owner at Mancini's, responded to this review, October 8, 2013
thank you do come again, look forward to seeing you.
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Caerphilly, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Distinctly average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Young pleasant and friendly staff, but need additional training to become more effective and efficient - asked every diner if everything was OK but didn't know what to do when people said it wasn't. Which more than table did. When asked to bring the bill, didn't - we went and paid at the counter in the end.

Waiting time for food was too long for a half empty restaurant on a Wednesday night.

Antipasto didn't have the promised gorgonzola, the parma ham was too tough/dry to eat, and all the salami was sliced much too thickly. The 'classico' bread accompaniment was flavoursome.

The pizza was more like unleavened bread - the base was barely 2mm thick, and soggy at the centre but hard at the edges - not my kind of pizza at all - but the topping was lovely.

Overall, I think they are usung quality ingredients but not making the best of them - and that applies to both the food and the staff.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Worst meal in 18 years of going out for dinner.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Waited 20 minutes to order. One starter was luke warm and the other never arrived. Main meals were served before the luke warm soup had been half finished and were more like starter portions. Had to ask twice for water and ended up getting the wine myself due to the wait. Chef then came round and I mentioned that the main course should have had courgettes and spinach, he hadn't realised and said he would make a note for next time. On the plus side nice cup of tea.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Aberaeron
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Amazing Pizzas!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

The pizza's are the definitely the best in the area, specially the meat feast! Had it to takeaway. thanks a lot :)

  • Visited July 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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dhpsh, Owner at Mancini's, responded to this review, September 17, 2013
thank you, we would love you to visit again.
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