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“Birthday Surprise”
Review of The Joy of Taste - CLOSED

The Joy of Taste
Cuisines: European
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Inverness, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Birthday Surprise”
Reviewed June 11, 2014

Took my partner and 6 friends here for a birthday surprise.When we booked we got the last big table available so book ahead. The place was really busy but Stephen( the manager) was excellent and really knows how to give excellent service. The food was fab and one of the best places we have been for a long time. I have read the reviews about poor service but this was not evident when we were there. If this is the case on other nights I would suggest getting rid of the poor staff and get better ones!
All in all 5 out 5!

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank Sally F
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Golftraveler50
Level Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beware - this is a Co-op where the waitstaff have no training!”
Reviewed June 10, 2014

We learned only after our bad experience that the Joy of Taste is a Co-op, where the wait staff are members who must volunteer to get credit toward year end distributions. It's surprising that there are any profits to distribute, given the waitress volunteer who served us, very reluctantly on her part. She apparently was a fill in for someone who didn't show up, and it was clear that she didn't want to be there, sharing her frustration on several occasions. After we waited at our table while she cleaned other tables, she finally waited on us. She wasn't at all familiar with the wines by the glass, and we had to ask 3 times for water, which finally came only when we asked the manager. She inaccurately described the scallop starter as having 6 scallops - it actually was 3 scallops and 3 florets of cauliflower. There are many other details, but the preceding should suffice.

The food was actually pretty good, but the service really soured us on the whole experience.

  • Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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129 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Defrosted cake as "fresh" cake of today?!? ”
Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

I am disappointed. After my main I asked the waitress about the cakes. She said the raspberry cheesecake was "fresh" today so I decided to have one. Little did I know, it's frozen in the middle, so are the raspberries on top. Pasta was really okay, too greasy for my taste.

Staff are friendly, if you are nearby, might be okay for a quick bite, or with a group of friends, but too far from the reputation I read.

Not expensive, but too expensive for what you get.

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2 Thank May Q
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“interesting new restaurant in Inverness”
Reviewed May 30, 2014

We stopped by the Joy of Taste on 25 Church Street, Inverness, to have what turned out to be our best meal in the area. Interesting food mixtures that worked--such as green pea mousse on rye toast with shaved bits of asparagus for starter, then fillet of Highland venison on a onion polenta cake (the polenta was delicious!) and sea bass cooked just right. For dessert, we split a fruit and chocolate marquise (we had to ask what a marquise was--totally delicious!). The restaurant had a quote about friendship by Jean Vanier and Aristotle plus a lovely poem by Vanier dedicated to the restaurant in the main part. The restaurant has volunteer servers (not quite worth a 5 star because of the uneven service) who work 4 hours and get a free meal and drink. I'd do that!!!! The chef had quite a flair and the food came out perfect. Seek it out! Do be aware that a reservation is helpful--they turned away a lot of people while we were eating.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Walkers5257
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doncaster
Level Contributor
39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“amazing food”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

found this place by chance whille walking around Inverness
we had the early special menu
the food was amazing i had the twice baked souffle it was very good my wife had the scallops and roasted cauliflower that was very very good
we both then had the seabass again faultless with a good portion and very well cooked veg
the service was good and the staff were very attentive without being over the top
much be a very good chef in kitchen who uses good food to cook with

Visited May 2014
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1 Thank chesmetalwork
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