It is clear that the people running 99 are genuine and serious about the hospitality industry. All the waiting staff were efficient and friendly and the menu looked good. Others in my group had a good experience overall, but my evening was spoiled by two things: Being seated next to the entrance and receiving regular blasts of air so cold it would have shocked Ranulph Fiennes and a steak so thin that there was no chance chef could achieve rare on a char-grill (it came ranging from well done to medium). Still, it did come with a tasty sauce and although the triple cooked chips were a little more over done than crispy (the potatoes had too high a sugar content), homemade chips are satisfying even when mediocre. So, being hungry, I scoffed the lot. I really wanted to love 99 because I liked the atmosphere and the people running it and I could see from the Liver-Special that chef can cook accurately. However, it is expensive for food that doesn't always hit the mark, so - sorry 99 - I won't be returning.
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