We had lunch here and the best thing presented to us were the duck rolls with Hoi Sin sauce, hardly what I would consider Mezze style food but tasty none the less. From there it goes down hill. Portions are far too large, and the food is almost entirely bland. Most of the menu consists of varying ingredients wrapped in filo pastry and deep fried in the same oil. This has the effect of merging the flavour of everything from chips to prawns into one dull homogenous taste. To elaborate further I would far rather have real Chorizo than buckets of cheap paprika flavoured sausage, I would rather five or six tasty and properly cooked king prawns than a plate full of overcooked shrimp. Quantity has overrun quality in every respect. I find it hard to believe that an established brand like this with two or three other outlets could get it so wrong. It is infuriating that they seem to believe that the modern restaurant goer would swallow this food as anything like authentic. This may have have been seen as acceptable in the 70's but it will not cut it in today's market. A real shame given the obvious investment that has been made in the building. I will not be visiting their other premises and if I were a betting man, (which I am,) I would bet the current guise of the Ship and Castle lasts no longer than another 18 months. Disappointing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Each restaurant serves a wide and interesting selection of Mezzés (tapas) for informal dining along with a well-balanced A La Carte menu, which has a scattering of old favourites. For pudding we have a range of delicious treats to tantalize your taste buds and even an ice-cream parlour. ... more less
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