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“Excellent food, appalling service”

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Hidden Gourmet Guest House
Ranked #12 of 14 Patnem B&B and Inns
Ubud, Indonesia
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“Excellent food, appalling service”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

What a mixed bag this place is. Went with a group, and the food is phenomenal. However why they don't get better wait staff is an absolute mystery. They expect you to practically wait on yourself, and when asked what the ingredients of something were,the waiter responded with a "why should he know, he isn't the cook". They aren't cheap, and the food is absolutely worth it, but the over 2 hour wait and staff with crappy attitudes, absolutely not....

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 16, 2013

Overlooking Patnem, Hidden Gourmet sits at the end of the beach in a beautifully quiet and contemplative spot. the food is some of the best I've ever eaten and everyone is very nice. One f my favourite ever restaurants.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Patnem, India
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Reviewed March 18, 2012

We stayed for one month, me my sister and her husband. Hidden Gourmet is situated on a pensula which separates two bays, in a very nice garden. The bungalows are made out of stone with a patio in front. All very comfortable.
The nice little restaurant is a meeting place of the guests and the very nice personal and members of the landlords family, father mother and thee little boys. All the childen a saw good speak to each other in alle the languages of the world.
Further it is a quest place to read book to thick for at home.
Tank you for making mee feel a member of the family

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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pyrenees
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Reviewed March 14, 2012

We stayed in the familyroom with my brother, 2 bedrooms bathroom ,patio .We found ourselves so lucky after having visited the other beach huts, which looked like refugeecamps...sometimes passers by(very rare) told us how they envied us because they were in a hut without view, music all night and almost in bed with yout neighbour at the same price!
First the kindness of all the people who work there, we miss them already. The food, the best of Patnem beach,we think.We stayed a month so we had to eat somewhere else too... Beautiful garden,dolphins passing by, it is all there! For us , hidden gourmet is the quietest and nicest place to stay at Patnem . One can always complain, but open your eyes and count your blessings!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 4, 2012

Its a bit of a mixed bag this one. We have just spent a week there in the largest of the 'stone' (concrete) bungalows which had bedroom, shower/loo and quite private outside seating are overlooking wonderful view of Patnem beach/bay.

The good points: hammock / seating area with view; clean enough though not spectacular; friendly service; private and quiet as slightly away from the main patnem beach area.

The not so good: stone bungalow very stuffy/airless and dark - we expected better for the price comparative to elsewhere (the "mango wood" bungalows may be better?); breakfast service interminably slow (at one point there were 6 separate tables all waiting for food - we had already been there 30 mins) - so much so that we went elsewhere on the last day even though breakfast included in the price; we ate at the restaurant once and did not go back - overpriced clumsy western food , odd menu given location (who wants pumpkin soup when its 30 degrees?), both plates included a serving of what seemed to be tinned veg!

The only thing I would say is that the food/service problems may be because the owner/chef was recuperating from a major accident and the guesthouse was being managed temporarily by friends and relatives.

Despite all of this we still had a great time but we would not go back to this particular guesthouse (due mainly to the airlessness of the room).

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brighton
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Reviewed February 22, 2012

I stayed at the Hidden Gourmet again this season. Have had a great time there thanks to all the staff who helped make it a really relaxed and pleasant stay. It's in a superbly Quiet and secluded location at the far north end of patnem beach, with a really pretty tropical garden. The hammocks hanging amongst the palms are perfect for reading books and dolphin watching i the bay. The food is excellent as usual, the restaurant a cut above the rest. Enjoy,

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed February 21, 2012

It is a must to dine in the Hidden Gourmet Restaurant in Patnem, the cuisine is very tasty (the best french fries I ever eat ;-)) and the view is uncomparable. The service was very friendly and the atmosphere really relaxed. We had also a look on the accomodations and and next time we come to Patnem we will stay in this guest house for shure!

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
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Additional Information about Hidden Gourmet Guest House

Property: Hidden Gourmet Guest House
Address: Patnem-Colomb Beach | Canacona, Goa, Patnem, Canacona, India
Location: India > Goa > South Goa District > Canacona > Patnem
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #12 of 14 B&Bs / Inns in Patnem
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Hidden Gourmet Guest House Hotel Patnem
Hidden Gourmet Guest House Patnem, Goa, India

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