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“Unexpectedly good and great value for money”
Review of Maralena's - CLOSED

Maralena's
Price range: $33 - $41
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 29, 2012

We have kept meaning to try this out since it reopened but at last got round to it for a wedding anniversary dinner and were very pleased with our choice.
The emphasis is still on fresh fish and shellfish dishes though meat also features on the menu but we went for (she) the tiger prawns followed by dover sole (with real homemade chips) and (me) scallops/mussels/prawns in a chilli and white wine sauce followed by lobster with more scallops and more tiger prawns. The food was well cooked with just a touch of artistic balsamic vinegar decor round the side of the plate and at just over £30 for the two meals plus a fair priced bottle of Orvieto represented excellent value.
In these hard times this is definitely a go to again restaurant for us.

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2  Thank itsverygrimupnorth
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

This great little restaurant, situated in Shildon, County Durham, is in the most unlikely of locations for such a high quality eatery.

Shildon widely known for the drinking high quality beer and consuming fish & chips on an industrial scale, hosts what has to be one of the best restaurants within a 20 mile radius.

The produce is always fresh on the day, none of the "National Chain get it out of the freezer and Microwave IT slap it on a plate and that be with fires sir operations"!!!!

We are talking super fresh, unbelievably superb vale for money, their Al La Carte fixed price two course/Three course meals are without doubt the best value for money for literally miles around.

Family run restaurant, family atmosphere, a tradition started by their Father Andreas, and continued with the same zest, enthusiasm, attention to detail and ambience that makes it a really good place to go.

Even during the week, the meal deals are exceptional, the servings are high quality and good quantity as well.

It is amazing that one can go just down the road pay a lot more money for some microwaved 'mank' that was cooked goodness knows where served by staff who really don't give a monkeys, yet here at Maralena's, fresh on the day, cooked after you order it, and its a real bargain.

It can unreservedly recommend this restaurant to anyone, and they do chips, proper chips, not fries, not frozen.

Lets face it how hard is to peel a potato, and to prepare fresh veggies.

This little restaurant, is just great, and try the house plonk, absolutely delicious, wine selection is pretty good as well.

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if you eat all your food up and have a clean plate, free shot of lemon-chello, how good can it get!!!!!

Have yourself a mid week treat, call in its worth the effort.

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2  Thank howie999
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Reviewed March 31, 2012

Went to the Dinner with the Mob evening. A lot of effort had gone into decorating the restaurant and it looked brilliant.

The service was a bit slow but the food was more than worth the wait. Very good quality, great taste and lovely flavours that really worked together.

I would recommend visiting we certainly will be going back.

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1  Thank David S
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

Few words could describe the meal, but Maralena's excelled tonight. Fresh food, beautifully presented and incredibly tasty. Excellent service and every inch as good as it ever was - indeed, dare one say better? Specials also very special!

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Thank Anthony C
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

We had been to Maralena's once before, in January, and were very impressed. The atmosphere, the food and the service were top class. This time, however, was not so good. The food was very good, apart from my friends duck, which was tough, but the service was very slow and the place sadly lacked atmosphere. It was a Friday night but almost empty. The service should have been superb as the staff weren't busy but it wasn't the case. Maralena's is too far away for us to visit frequently and we wondered why the locals weren't there. That usually speaks volumes! We will give it another try sometime and hope it was just one of those nights.

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1  Thank janoliNorthumberland
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