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“Overcooking is a bit of a problem”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Bistro 42

Bistro 42
Ranked #5 of 38 Restaurants in Ossett
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, International, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
West Yorkshire
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85 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Overcooking is a bit of a problem”
Reviewed July 14, 2013

The old Carpenters pub has been tastefully transformed into what could be a much needed “quality” eating establishment in Ossett.

I have just made my second visit, both times as a member of a party of four. My comments below apply equally to both visits.

Service was efficient and friendly, food and drink prices are sensible and the food was presented attractively. It is also pleasing to note that, in what is essentially an eating establishment, they serve locally brewed hand pulled beer.

On the down side I think the menu is far too extensive to be absorbed by the customer or to guarantee the highest of quality from the kitchen across the whole range - more than 20 starters and about 60 mains + sides & specials.

Overcooking seems to be a bit of a problem, encountered on both of my visits. On my first visit the pork chop/steak from the Specials Menu was so overcooked it was hard, dry and barely edible on the second visit the batter on the squid rings starter was as dark and hard as brandy snap – the flavour had been completely cooked out of it.

The second visit had us ordering 4 steaks from the char grill menu – these were all cooked in line with our order, great. Regretfully one of the Rib Eyes had a huge amount of fat, far more than could be reasonably expected. This was drawn to the attention of our waitress who said she would take it up with the chef, she returned a few minutes later to say the chef agreed, sent his apologies and had instructed she make a favourable adjustment to our bill – very well dealt with.

Overall both visits were enjoyed, just a pity about the overcooking, and we will return.

  • Visited July 2013
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Ossett, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great food!”
Reviewed July 8, 2013

Had a lovely evening at this restaurant, a great variety of food at affordable prices. The starters were delicious and come free monday to thursday, and the mains were just as good, tasty and well presented. Service was quick and the staff were all friendly and attentive. All in all a great restaurant, would definitely recommend!

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank XxHard_RockxX
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Dublin, Ireland
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“What Variety!”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Seven of us visited this restaurant on the last Saturday in June and presented a real challenge for them. We comprised a vegetarian, a none red meat eater, a none fish eater and a fussy eater but the extensive menu definitely rose to the challenge. All food was beautifully prepared and presented and portions were large.
Although it was a Saturday evening, the service and time between courses was just right. We neither felt rushed nor neglected. Most importantly, as previous reviewers have stated, it is sensibly priced.
This was our second visit and we will certainly be going again soon.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank twopats064
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Batley, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Good food”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

We have visited this restaurant several times now and have not been dissappointed. All age groups are welcome by friendly staff

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank 604CarolM
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Yorkshire
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great food at amazing prices”
Reviewed June 24, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I reserved a table here just off the cuff one evening and it was great- food was freshly made and really tasty - special offer of a free starter with a mains meal was wonderful - would recommend defiantly.....

  • Visited June 2013
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