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“Edible but very disappointing”

Restaurang Tingsgarden
Ranked #77 of 132 Restaurants in Eskilstuna
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: European, Swedish
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Waitstaff
Tyreso, Sweden
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144 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Edible but very disappointing”
Reviewed April 7, 2013

We've been here for meals previously - both indoors (cosy, candlelit, about 5 years ago) and outdoors in the summer, overlooking the river last year. This time we were looking for the same quality of food and service as before - but found that prices had gone DOWN (?) Maybe we should have taken that as a warning?
The atmosphere is still great, and the staff friendly. Maybe we did eat there just when they were changing their menu and wine supplier, as they explained, when the 2 white wines we opted for were BOTH out of stock (the waiter gave us another sort of Chardonnay, which was fine). And maybe the kitchen was about to shut at 20.30 or so, and we were the last guests to arrive at 19.00??
But things just got worse. The lobster soup DID have a hint of lobster there somewhere - but colour-wise and taste-wise the lobster was overridden by what I presume was a large quantity of mushroom soup! The vegetarian burger was dry and hard round the edges (we decided it had probably been nice once - but had probably been warmed up in a microwave) and the prawn salad ("Hand-shelled prawns" were promised...) was a mediocre plateful of lettuce, a few halved cherry tomatoes and capers - and a quite generous portion of weeny little prawns which NO-ONE can persuade me had been hand-shelled. They were the sort you get frozen from a bag in the supermarket!!
The meat eaters were quite satisfied with their Hereford beef and chips and veal with fried grated potatoes, and the desserts were delicious, we decided.
The staff were professional - and didn't argue when I complained about being fobbed off with third-rate food that simply wasn't what it was supposed to be. But this is just not acceptable!! If this is what the new manager thinks is "professionally well-cooked" and "high class" I hope someone enlightens him/her very quickly. I won't be back till the place changes management again.

  • Visited April 2013
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Rugby
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Delicious well presented food”
Reviewed November 10, 2012 via mobile

Excellent food as always and the restaurant has been re- decorated since we last visited. I had the venison and it was very tender and tasty with delicious and well presented accompaniments. The meals there are slightly expensive but well worth the money. The smaller dessert of two chocolate truffles is lovely and good value. Friendly efficient service.

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Oslo, Norway
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great location”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

Practically on the river! The food was nice, the service average (but this might be due to catering to a large party in the restaurant). Absolutely worth a visit, at least for a glass of wine on a summer's evening.

Visited August 2012
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Stockholm, Sweden
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A cozy place”
Reviewed October 28, 2009

Cafe Tingsgarden (Tingsgården in Swedish) is located nearby the old town and the building where the coffee house is located was built in 1856. The coffee house consist of two floors, and if you are sitting on the ground floor you can see a wall made of wood (just like back in time). We ordered a sandwich and a pie and hot drinks (caffe latte and tea). The staff was friendly and helpful. This is a cozy place to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea!

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