Warners Bay, despite the ideal location, has long been sold short when it comes to good dining. And I am sorry to say that the stakes haven't advanced any with the arrival of Bocados.
After reading favourable reviews on TripAdvisor and elsewhere, my wife and I very much looked forward to sampling some Spanish cuisine at Bocados. While the quality of the food was generally pretty good (barring every dish being unnecessarily laced with chilli), the service was so poor it was a joke.
We thought we had given ourselves ample time by allowing 1 1/2 hours to have a meal before heading off to the movies. We arrived on time for our booked table and limited our choices to 2 tapas dishes and 2 mains. The waiter did caution us that the lamb loin special selected for a main could take a little longer to cook but he would do his best to see it arrive with the other main. He needn't have bothered.
First tapas dish (white bait) arrived within 10 minutes of ordering - good. Second tapas dish (BBQ squid) took a further 20 minutes to materialise. 20 minutes later the lamb arrives - "better not wait" says the missus, mindful of the earlier wait on the second tapas. After a further 10 minutes of my wife staring into space as I eat my main we finally get the attention of a waitress, who initially thought it was nice when I said I had had my meal for over 10 minutes and my wife's meal was yet to arrive. After I got a little blunt, she goes to check on the order, returning to say it will be another 4 minutes. 15 minutes pass by and my meal is long gone before my wife's paella finally arrives, by this time it is only a few minutes before our necessary departure time. Waiter is very apologetic saying that the delay was his fault and committing to waive the charge for the dish. Rushed scoffing down of the paella by my wife while I now pick up duties of staring off into space, before making a hasty dash to the car to arrive at our movie session just as the lights are turning down.
And for the full hour and 40 minutes that we were at Bocados, the table next to us remained littered with the food of the party that departed just as we arrived. Wait staff walking past every few minutes and seemed to have plenty of time to casually chat to diners yet not one could be bothered to pick up a cloth and clean a table.
While the food would warrant a return visit, the poor service and noisy atmosphere will not see us return to Bocados.
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