Right, where to begin with this place! I'll try to make this brief, because if I really went to town and vented my spleen properly I would be here all day! The restaurant is in a great location just on the edges of the Red Light District, with lots of fast food outlets close by, therefore not offering any competition to any half decent restaurants in the area. The decor is quite good too, however there wasn't much atmosphere because the place wasn't even half full. The restaurant should have been rammed! It soon became evident why it was not. The waiting staff: not particulatly friendly, nor helpful..and they weren't even busy. We ordered two G&Ts, which when we added the bottled tonic to the gin, we couldn't taste any gin..at all. Strange that one. Okay now on to the tapas. How hard is it to turn out bad tapas? Pretty hard if you have all the basic ingredients and decent quality produce. Bland, tasteless, unimaginative in the extreme...I could go on. The only plus side to this was that the quantity provided was really small, but it's not supposed to work like that is it. Finally, price. Eye-wateringly expensive for what we had - €90. Two half litre caraffes of red and white wine, a mixed seasonal tapas (cold I think..can't fully remember) and 4 tapas off the menu (garlic prawns, croquettes, dried ham (not serrano!) and calamari.
Having worked in the restaurant industry for many years when younger, I have always been a generous tipper, even if the food wasn't that good but the service was. I don't think I've ever not left a tip in a restaurant, but I did this night.
I think this place has very regular passing trade and is resting on its laurels, having become very, very complacent. It could be such a good restaurant. The owners/managers should wake up to the themselves and get their act together because as i say, there's not that much proper restaurant competition in the area and certainly not many tapas/spanish restaurants.
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