We booked a week ahead for a table of 6. We wanted 8pm, but got 8:15. Thats fine. An hour or so before our time, two more friends wanted to come along, but restaurant said there was no space. That's fine, I suppose.
We arrived on time, thirsty and hungry. We sat and waited. And waited. Finally we flagged down a waitress and asked for water. We had been there 25 minutes, and our orders had not been taken.
When we finally ordered we told the waiter we were on a time frame and needed to be leaving by 9:45 or so. He grumbled that he couldn't guarantee that would happen. We were astounded at the attitude.
We ordered only mains, due to the delay. It was after 9:30 when our food came. Two of us ordered the barley risotto. I said it was like savoury breakfast porridge -- he agreed. But others liked what they had, especially the venison in chocolate sauce.
One of us had a speaking commitment at 10 so we asked them to order a cab for us. Credit there -- the friendly lady ordered a big one to fit us all in.
I read the outstanding reviews here and wondered if we were all at the same restaurant? Maybe they were short staffed. The wait staff worked their socks off, but it took so long to get any result that the stress just made it an unpleasant dinner.
I wouldn't do it unless you have absolutely all night.
The final thing. A table for two beside ours remained empty the whole time. It would have been simple to pull it over to add to the three already set, so our friends could have joined us. How odd. Disappointing.