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“Strangely funereal atmosphere” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant Esmeralda 2001s.l.

Restaurant Esmeralda 2001s.l.
Piscina, 43860 L'Ametlla de Mar, Spain
+34 977486453
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the north
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4 restaurant reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Strangely funereal atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

It was a bit empty when we went, so that and the dark Germanic wooden décor and the quiet hushed atmosphere combined to lend a funereal atmosphere.
The food was all right, nothing to sing about. The portions were plenty, but a bit pricey.
God though, the atmosphere was depressing. Perhaps it's all gaiety and dancing when its a bit busier? They gave us all free shots at the end which was nice. That's about it.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Leigh on Sea
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51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“The main basis of this score is for the service, the food is average at best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We were a group of 8 with two young children, we ate here 3 times as this was the only restaurant within walking distance of the villa we stayed at. The same waitress served us 3 times, and she was very attentive and had a great memory for preferences, the owner was also very nice. The restaurant was quiet so food arrived promptly and hot, mainly thanks to the very hot plates it was served on. Some elements of the food were cooked really well, such as the steaks and pasta dishes and also the gazpacho was really very tasty. Other elements of the dishes were bad the mussels were gritty and there was a lot of closed ones or ones that had broken shells so I could not be sure whether they were good to eat. Most of the veg was overcooked especially the asparagus which is a shame as it was actually fresh! On the whole the food was nicely presented and it suited other members of our party as it was simple and well presented.

The best thing about this restaurant was the outside play area which kept the children (and adults) amused, and like a blast from the past they offered complimentary shots for the adults at the end of the meal and lollipops for the children.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Reus, Catalonia, Spain
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“GREAT TERRACE”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We had a very nice lunch in this restaurant.
The fish dishes are incredible and the staff is very friendly.
We thought their great terrace is perfect for dinner in summer.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Bland food. Slow service.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012 via mobile

Group of 9 eating early evening. Staff very friendly but not enough of them so service was very slow. Starters were ok. Main courses were served with very overcooked vegetables. The pork dish came with a hair embedded in the melted cheese topping. An offer was made to replace the dish but after waiting half an hour we decided we didn't want it. Cod dish was very poor. Play area is good.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Letchworth, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Friendly traditional place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2012

Ate here with the kids and my partner and we are happy to recommend this place. Be aware though that the portions are huge so it might be a good idea to share a few starters rather than order one each. The staff are very friendly and there is a good selection of food.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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