Since it has reopened after a recent kitchen fire you can't help feeling that Terre a Terre has lost some of its charm, the food is still very good indeed, but .. the menu style is just too out of date now, dish descriptions are almost verbose, and with no overall succinct title description it's actually quite hard to (actually) work out what your chosen dish will contain in various proportions (is it a pasta based dish? etc.?), and this sadly reflects on the food itself .. too many ingredients, too much complexity of taste sensations. Prices have increased astronomically, and I'm not sure you get value for money on some dishes .. olive oil and balsamic vinegar 'nibble' (ie pre-starter) was nearly £5 for a very mediocre portion and you couldn't actually get to the balsamic vinegar as the olive oil was 2cm thick - wouldn't it be better to offer two bowls? Simple no?
Service was very poor, maybe it was an 'off night' for our particular waitperson, but she had a very definite attitude and was, well to put it politely, very rude and quite arrogant (one of our party had to speak to the manager about it), expensive wine that was obviously corked (and should have been replaced immediately) was thrust in our faces by the waitperson who said it was 'fine to drink', although clearly it wasn't, and .. we had requested another bottle (which was ignored until the manager stepped in)
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