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|Address:||183-187 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH|
|Tel:||020 7254 6751|
|Price: £31.00||Wine: £13.50||Champagne: £35.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Fri 12N-3pm 6-11pm (Fri -12M) Sat-Sun 12N-12M (Sun -11pm)|
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I recently went to this restaurant for lunch with my friend and was very disappointed.
On arrival, the restaurant was cold and we had to keep our coats on until it warmed up. Certain areas of the restaurant were off-bounds at lunchtimes, so we were not allowed to sit at the table of our choice. Unfortunately, the main waiter was patronising and rude – he definitely needs to go to charm school. There are ways of politely refusing a request, without causing offense, but I am afraid this was beyond his capabilities. By contrast, the assistant waiter was much more polite and helpful.
The first courses had to be sent back to be warmed up because the soup was stone cold. The main course would have been OK if it had been as described on the menu. There was a distinct lack of some of the ingredients, just 1 tiny piece of a baby aubergine for example. The coconut ice cream that accompanied the banana fritters was very nice but the portion size tiny.
I think this is a case of a restaurant that has been given the thumbs up from Gordon Ramsay getting above itself and somehow forgetting that it's the average punter that pays the wages. A restaurant of this size needs regular customers. I won't be going there again.