I was here on Saturday 7th Sept, 2013.
First impression, it was small, too small. I understand there is a downstairs area, which I didn't seem but I can't imagine it being much bigger than the upstairs area, as I doubt the kitchen could handle any bigger. We were a party of five and seated at the furthest left corner from the door, as I mentioned it was small and the party sat next to us, might as well have been seated with us. The party next to us left after a short while, two separate parties joined and were sat even closer, leaving the people on the inside of the table barely enough room to get past the two tables. This made me feel quite uncomfortable, as I am a fond lover of my personal space and in here I felt close and restricted. Another result of the limited space was that whenever food was being delivered to our table (or plates being removed), the Waitress had to lean over myself, or the other diners and often resulting in prolonged (and unwanted) physical contact. Again, due to favoring personal space, this left me feeling uncomfortable and put a real downer on the atmosphere.
Another strain on the atmosphere, was the Music. It started off as quaint, French music, but I guess the C.D. jammed as there was a clear audio problem. Different Music was put on, but this was run of the mill Music that was currently floating around in the charts. The same tracks, roughly five to seven songs were in a loop. The Waitress had to be told twice of that fact before something was done about. Music being a key part of my life, something like this is extremely easy for me to notice and become a quick annoyance.
The menu did not offer much of a selection and what it did offer, I felt, did not cater for a simple pallet. Without sounding horrendously belligerent, I felt that I wasn't sophisticated enough to enjoy the food. This was possibly down to the French dish names (yes, I am fully aware that I was sat in a French restaurant) and the vague descriptions of the dish, it almost felt like you were just expect to 'know' what the dish was. I decided not to go for a starter, due to not liking any of the options available to me. For the main, I decided to go for the Steak, with a side of Pomme Frites. The Steak cut was very good quality, cooked a little more than medium-rare, but it was succulent, juicy and hardly any gristle, a little extra seasoning wouldn't have gone amiss though. I was disappointed to learn that when I ordered Steak, with a side of chips (minus the sauce), that was all I would get, it needed more to justify a £15 charge for an 8oz Steak and chips. To accompany my meal I decided to have a beer, whilst the party had wine. The options were either small Kronenbourg (by small, roughly 230ml), at £3.20 or a small Stella Artois, for £3.50. not exactly the best beer options, slim pickings and over priced.
Personally, I did not enjoy this place and I can't foresee myself ever returning. The other four members of the party however, couldn't get enough and enjoyed themselves thoroughly. Like me, they were uncomfortable due to the lack of space and the Music issue.
I feel that the price to portion ratio was a little off and that the venue was too small and uncomfortable to really be charging those sort of prices, regardless of its location.
The meal came to £190~
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