I visited this restaurant for a work Christmas Party, however, it was simply lacking any Christmas Spirit. We had a democatic vote to see which Port Solent establisment was most popular, this time we proved that democracy is not the best policy! We walked in to be shown to our table, we have pre-booked a table for 17, but were shown to a table of 15 and even that was a little cramped, especially since it included a circular booth at one end where four people were expected to sit.
So, after finally sitting down and getting ready for our food, we thought, 'right, let's get into the Xmas spirit!'
It was a little difficult since the establishment had no Xmas decorations, I think there may have been a small tree at the entrance, but I vaguely remember that. We had no christmas crackers, no party hats or party poppers, it was like we had gone there for no particular reason! Very disappointing!
We managed to look past this as we eagerly awaited our food. Unfortunately, and I really hate saying this, but it was more disappointing that the lack of Christmas spirit.
We ordered drinks, which we had to chase up because they never appeared after nearly 20 minutes. As explained, it was pratically empty so the serving staff were not over stretched.
I had the mushroom starter....I can explain it in one very simple analogy. Do you remember 'Fun House' with Pat Sharp? They always had that game with a large bucket of gunge and you had to find small objects to win the game. It was a bit like that. Plenty of sauce, very few mushrooms.
For the main course I had the burger. That was very well cooked and very nice. I also enjoyed the seasoned fries. I cannot complain about the main course, it was too my taste and very filling, but around me I could see plates being past forward and back. They were returning to the kitchen as they were cold. Again, we need to appreciate that there were very few people in the restaurant. at this time.
I was very keen to try the Churros. We all know Chiquito has not been as good since they removed 'Deep Fried Ice Cream' from the menu, but I'd paid for a dessert. Churros are like a deep fried mexican doughnut. Mine were not. They had an over greasy crust, but the middle had seemed to have disappeared. The texture showed that they had been cooked some time before being served leaving them a dry hollow shell.
I don't like giving bad reviews, so I will add some positive points.
I love the decor, and a really like the drinks options.
Staff were friendly and attentive.
The food was flavourful and if served hot, would have been excellent.
Bring back Deep Fried Ice Cream.
I would still visit here again, but always on the side of caution, but I definitely wouldn't have a Christmas party here again!
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