The trouble with visiting places infrequently is that distant memories may over rate the experience . Certainly true with this place. We had taken mother there for lunch in the early 2000s and had a pretty good meal, from memory!!!!! So returning as grandparents for the first time we had a rosy tinted memory. WHAT A SHOCK?
Placed on the Marina front this is an ideal place to people, boat and especially car watch. Rollers, Mercs big and little, the odd Viper, Lambos, you name it you can see it, of course there are loads of Bentleys, but not everyone has the right taste in cars. Millions of £s of boats languish in the marina and some of them are really rather nice. There is a certain vulgarity to it all and the front restaurants don't have to work that hard to get people in.
So the revisit was on with memories of delicious fish. Didn't start well with raised eyebrows as we wandered in with push chair and 7 month baby. Interestingly all our other visits to eating establishments have brought a great response to our granddaughter from the staff and they have been rewarded with a sort of cheeky grin that can get even the hardest to smile.....but not here.
The menu del dia was 22.50€ each, 3 courses and looked good value. It did take 30 minutes to get a drink however, staff seemed disinterested. Others have commented on the presentation and I now agree.....there was no great skill in serving a salad with a few bits of avocado, tomato and prawns sloshed over with a rather wild yellow sauce. Gazpacho was pleasant enough but lacked freshness....possibly out of a carton. Seafood fettuccini promised much and then the doom moment as it was placed in front of you, 3 cold mussels, the odd shrimp, a bit of squid rings and two clams, piles of fettuccini in what can only be described as a tomato dishwater sauce. Where was the fish reduction, maybe with prawn, crab, lobster bits to flavour. The sauce was cheap and nasty. OMG I've come to the wrong place....but no the decor is the same the tables are nicely laid, as I remembered but the prices......sunbeam you are having a laugh....ordinary wine over20€, 33cl Amstel 4€ a bottle and to cap it all half a 9inch subway size roll and a bit of tomato salsa and white sauce of some description, which beat me, and a few olives 2.60€ per head!!! Of course this was not highlighted at all on the menu.
Puds were ok but not really exciting. Ice cream is just that, flan is flan, but the lemon sorbet came in a small prosecco glass with a straw. Melted it was.
Service was slow, not a problem to us as some of the sights walking by were delightful, but really not quality and the prices brutal, an average lunch, served averagely, with cheap ingredients and limited quantity 150€ for four. We only had 3 beers, a water and 3 Fanta limon......drinks are expensive and needn't be.
Sorry underwhelmed and won't be going back again. As with the Titanic sunk without a trace.
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