I've never been to the Rackstraws before (even though I have lived in the area for many years) So decided to go with some companions (There were Eleven of us). I found the entrance poorly lit and a little confusing at first, but sat myself down with a well poured Guinness which I was short changed on (It's Chrimble so what the hell!) and waited for my brethren to arrive. Now, what I am about to say may seem a little off putting but I will give credit to the fact that I have never heard anything bad about the Rackstraws AND it is a very busy time for all restaurants. So this is why I have given Three Spheres.
Firstly, me and another of our group were not greeted at the entrance to the Restaurant, so we had to locate our table ourselves. The waitress was very good, so cannot complain there. We all had starters and the majority of the group were happy except for those that had the Calamari. I used to work as a chef and cook and the Calamari was very small and clearly had been fried in oil that needed a change as it left a bad aftertaste not just for myself, but Two others. I'd ordered the ultimate Cod for my main and lay in hope that it didn't have the same 'edge' as the calamari. Well, I was wrong there too. It didn't taste good at all. I had to take off most of the batter due to the taste and it was slightly overdone. I decided to not have a dessert as I was put off big time at this point. My Friend had an 8oz steak that was burnt on the outside and underdone on the inside. He spent Fifteen minutes chewing One piece and went on to tell us all that he is about to blow bubbles with it as it had the texture of Hubba Bubba bubblegum. He told the waitress he wasn't paying for that and the waitress was very helpful.
I have yet to speak to some of my other friends so cannot comment on their reaction as I left after an hour and a half as didn't feel so good (I have a cold and cough by the way, so it wasn't the food before anyone jumps to conclusions)
As I said, I am giving the Rackstraws Three Spheres as the restaurant was very busy, The waitress was good, the time of year doesn't help and I haven't spoken to all of my Friends. Otherwise this (from me personally) would have been a generous Two Spheres.
I am returning again soon as a table is booked with some other Friends so we will see if I can bump up the score a bit then.
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