I really don't understand where these good reviews are coming from?! I remember going to La Plancha a long time ago (c7yrs ago) for drinks only and thought it looked like a great place to eat. So after moving back to brum I decided to take the wife there for a New Year's eve meal. I enquired about a reservation on the website, got a call back and told the restaurant was busy but a table for 2 could be accommodated...great I thought. That was the end of the positives. We arrived and was met by a disinterested chap (must be the "feminine looking one" quoted by another Trip advisor reviewer). He looked peeved off, unhappy and couln;t must a single smile - is that so hard in the Service Industry?? We were shown to our table which was next to a plugged in mobile electric heater and near a walkway. We declined and opted to sit in the bar area. I went to the bar and was totally ignored by the bar guy, who decided to serve someone else who was part of a larger group. After waiting for another member of bar staff I ordered our drinks after a 15mins wait. Draft beer was fine and my wifes Rioja was nice. Then came the major disappointment. We ordered our food at the bar. We ordered the peppers with vinegar and feta cheese. They arrived and were bland with no vingear and no feta cheese at all! - imagine cold sliced pepper with no seasoning, that was what we had. Mushrooms in garlic sauce arrived which were mushrooms in olive oil, again no taste or flavour, no hint of garlic. Chicken in spiacy sauce looked like pre cooked chicken in plain tomatoe sauce laced with encona chilli sauce and a few capsicums thrown in for a good look. Terrible. Finally the King prawns in garlic arrived, in their shells - which is fine, but again there was no seasonsing or any distinct flavour of any sort. A truly pathetic offering of tapas. We paid up and left. The bill came to £35 including 2 drinks each (my cocktail was good) so not much of a blow. I think this place is good for drinks at the bar and cocktails. DO NOT GO HERE FOR FOOD. Save your cash and taste buds and head to Imlees or Kebabish (Indian). We went to the Fightng Cocks to see New Year in and got a chippy takeaway on the way home, which was way more pleasant.
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