We went to Goodfellows and had their January 'special offer' of a main dish, glass of house wine and a pastry for £20. We had booked earlier in the day, in person, yet when we arrived at the time of our reservation the place was still closed and quiet. We walked around in the cold and rain until we saw lights come on, we were then let in and seated, before waiting some 10-15 mintues for the staff to stop setting up and come over to us.
We ordered as we had been left for this time and had had a long time to decide on our choices. We were, after another five or so minutes given our drinks, and some music was put on. We had some bread (which was delicious, baked by the patissier) and waited for around twenty minutes for our main courses.
I had bouillabaisse, which was not bouillabaisse as we know it but a thin sauce with tuna, salmon and pollock with potatos. The croutons and rouille were delicious and the main dish nice but not what I had hoped for at all. My husband had duck breast, which was extremely rare, but also fine.
The plates were then rushed off and the choice of desserts brought almost instantly by a chef who called us 'ladies' as my husband has floppy hair! He also knew little about the pastries and dispite us saying that my other half had a nut allergy returned with a dessert with almonds all over the dish. I had a hazelnut layered vanilla slice, which was quite flavourless, and husband had a cinnemon chocolate which was OK.
We felt that we were both left for too long and then rushed during our dinner and that, although the food was nice it did not set the world alight. The atmosphere was not warm, the staff were quite terse and the food, although nice was not what we had hoped for. The special offer is a reasonable price, however.
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