After an evening at the Marlowe Theatre, my wife & I thought that we would go for a meal. As is often the case in Canterbury, not a lot was open at this time in the evening, but Ask was. We went through the door, only to be informed by the very pleasant, but distinctly harassed-looking waitress, that "...They were having trouble with their pizza ovens, so they could only do pasta dishes". Okay, we'll have pasta. However, as well as there being no pizzas, there was no al forno pasta dishes, no garlic bread, and no bread to eat with our olives, either. Despite there only being another four people in the restaurant, the waitress, who was very polite and helpful, seemed to be rushing around like an amphetamine charged hamster. She took our orders, brought us our drinks, and rushed off again. When the meals arrived, we were in for a shock. I have never seen such small portions! they were the size of meals that would be served up in a primary school at lunchtime. My spaghetti Bolognaise and my wife's porcini ravioli would easily have fitted on one plate. Having said that, they were both very nice, but gone in five minutes. Afterwards, we decided on the shared platter dessert, consisting of tiramisu, chocolate sponge and Italian cheesecake, served with ice cream. Once again, very nice, but it must have been the work of a real craftsman to be able to cut such thin slices. Each slice could easily have been eaten in one or two mouthfuls!
Pasta is not an expensive commodity, and for the price we paid for it, (£43, including two bottled beers and two orange juices), I feel that they could have at least given us a decent sized portion of spaghetti and ravioli. It was nice, but the only people who would approve of these portion sizes would be a slimming club - hence the title of this review!
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