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“Great place to eat with amazing service”
Review of Allium Restaurant

Allium Restaurant
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Ranked #65 of 613 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Allium Brasserie opened in 2012 and serves a variety of dishes from light lunches to a la carte dinner from 12 noon until 9pm (10pm on Friday and Saturdays). A superb range of dishes, using the freshest, seasonal ingredients, are created by head chef Chris Staines and his team. Terrace dining can be enjoyed when the weather is good, where you can also enjoy coffees and afternoon teas - also served in the Allium Lounge where you are surrounded by original artworks in an ever-changing exhibition. One the most exciting restaurants in Bath.
Reviewed January 3, 2013

We went here after a recommendation from the guesthouse we were staying at and we weren't disappointed! We went before 7pm for the set meal which was a real bargain, it was £19 for three courses. The food was exquisite, top quality with great flavours and really great value. We'd go again in a flash. The service was great too, the waitress was attentive without being too in your face.

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Thank LuckyLaura
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Reviewed December 28, 2012

Atmosphere/ Decor

Smart, recently refurbished or well looked-after. Obligatory Marilyn Monroe/ Warhol-esque print. Not bothered, just saying. Music playing in background but too quiet to really hear, and seemed to be general, beige compilation on someone's iPod; didn't add anything. Despite being busy, atmosphere was conducive, with the exception of the points below...

Service

Initial welcome pleasant, but went downhill from there. Brought the wrong wine, and generally clueless service followed; very poorly informed as far as our waitresses went, knowing very little about the food (given its intricacy this was annoying as it was hard to know what one was actually eating, despite its flawless presentation and delicious flavours). Example: there were three (fantastic) cheeses on the plate; she hadn't a clue what they were. Waitress didn't know; the Maitre de (or maybe the manager), visibly irritated, graced us with his presence, and fixing a 'customer service smile' in place, ran through the names of the cheeses as he passed our table on a glancing tangent at a speed that could only be described as impressive... He really didn't want to be there. Poured our own wine throughout. Collected our own coats and showed ourselves out once we'd paid the bill.

Food

Remarkable. Really, really, really good. Winter vegetable salad with wood pigeon was a strong start; the only critique was that an abundance of Hollandaise was simply too vinegary to comprise a suitable accompaniment; some manner of berry or orchard-fruit effort would have been excellent. Otherwise, superb.

Main course of belly pork. I eat a lot of belly pork. Too much. It's an interesting ingredient, as its value belies an abundance of taste. Many restaurants cock it up, confusing long cooking times with 'easy to prepare'; not so here. The portions of pork were seasoned and beautifully cooked; soft, but with enough bite; slightly smoky? Root vegetable mashed, spicy black pudding quinnell (sp?) , leafy thing on top. The only bit that irritated was the 'crackling puff' on top which was stale and without flavour. Do proper crackling or don't bother; this wasn't worth the calories.

Cheese- as described.

Overall

This is seriously good food, as the interminably asinine Greg Wallace might say. Imaginative, tasty, seasonal, fun, serious and fabulous. Very sexy setting, with big tables thoughtfully spaced-out; intimate dining in a large room; tough to pull off. This brilliant product and environment though is utterly let down by indifferent and disinterested service.

If you are punting for the top-end, everything needs to be right. Service ethos, established by management and distilled down, was almost entirely missing. Staff need to engage on a substantial basis, with knowledge and advice, not just pleasantries and fluff, or plain irritation. Busy? Not an excuse, and at top-end prices, your annoyance and stress should not spill out to front-of-house. We witnessed numerous pressured conversations between staff that distracted from our meal in a very substantive sense; we had to wait for various tactical discussions to conclude before I could get on with seducing my wife, which is, fundamentally, why we went there...

The galley is being let down, badly, by front-of-house. I would not return on this basis; sad, as the food is something I will remember for a good while to come...

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5  Thank StefanG404
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Excellent food and service by attentive staff who made my wife and me welcome. Maybe the lounge which adjoins the restaurant is slightly ordinary for pre-lunch drinks.

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1  Thank suffolkbarn2016
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Reviewed December 23, 2012

We had an outstanding birthday meal here. This is not a cheap restaurant but the quality and delivery of the food is a cut above most. Service was excellent and very friendly. All dishes were memorable for different reasons but the lychee pannacotta was out of this world! The occasion was well finished by a glass of champagne offered for my birthday. Highly recommended.

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Thank ViewerBath
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

The restaurant is in the Best Western Hotel - normally you'd hope for a decent pizza or pasta but this place is way better - possibly the best rmeal we've had in the UK in two years and definitely pushing towards a Michelin star.

The room is fairly average but the service is excellent and well informed and every one of the dishes was exceptional - superb and subtle flavours and presentation

And the prices are a steal for cooking at this level - 3+2 courses and drinks for under £70

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Thank robw48
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