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14 Frith Street
Would the Dragons in their Den have backed a bar/diner where everything edible is flavoured with garlic? It may be an outré concept, but this Swedish import is still going strong long after
seemingly smarter venues have gone belly up. Chilli vodka & lime tequila are for wimps, while Harley Davidson oil (Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort & Jägermeister) & four days on the
road (lemon vodka, Pernod, cacao & Cointreau) should suit any Hell’s Angels in the house. Or how about potent Björn’s headbanger – Tequila, Sambuca, Kahlúa & Galliano? Line your stomach
with curried prawns, lamb chops, baby back ribs or banana & coffee brownies – all laced with garlic, of course.
14 Frith Street
020 7734 9505
Tottenham Court Road Tube Station 211m
Leicester Square Tube Station 331m
Prince Edward Theatre 32m
Old Compton Street 72m
Mon-Thurs, Sun 5pm-12M (Sun -11.30pm) Fri-Sat 6pm-1am
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What to say about Garlic and Shots?
Overview: Smelly, dirty dungeon with bar staff (/waiters?) more offensive than the stench. Loads of shots on the menu, a huge proportion of which are like drinking a liquidised bulb of garlic.
Drinks: Great, if you like liquidised bulbs of garlic. If you like anything else, don't bother coming here.
Food: Portions small and overpriced. Opted for the ‘XXX HOT chilli’ which was 2 teaspoons of shredded grey meat with no spice whatsoever, accompanied by a bowl of raw onions (great to go with the garlic breath), and garlic white sauce stuff. Sent back to the kitchen asking 'where's the chilli', only for the waiter to look at me as if I'd thrown up all over him and say 'OK… I'll change if if you will be satisfied.' Swapped for chicken dish which took 25 minutes to arrive and was basically a deep fried garlic kiev. Awful.
Service: Appalling… Rude, sulky, pouty staff with no desire to help, and a feeling of superiority over the customers. Flatly denied any goodwill gesture when asked for one, and delivered the bill saying 'I haven't added any service charge, so…' – thanks mate! Sadly we tipped anyway as the American in our group insisted. Difference in culture here ;-)
General: Went on a particularly windy day, and the back door was constantly left open, despite repeatedly asking for it to be closed. I think the waiters liked tormenting us… Toilets filthy and graffiti everywhere. Was this supposed to add to the gothic charm of the place? I don't know but one thing's for sure, Garlic and Shots left a very bad taste in my mouth…
I visited Garlic & Shots last night with some friends, to introduce them to the “Bloodshot” – a shot that tastes like a blended garlic-infused pizza. Sounds weird, tastes rotten, but its still an experience.
However, the whole experience was completely ruined by probably the rudest person I've met in my 18 months in London – horribly rude barman downstairs who kept shouting at us to hurry up and choose a drink – we were looking at the menu of over 75 drinks, but he was so rude and wouldn't let us choose one, so we soon gave up.
However, when we went upstairs and wanted to speak to the manager to give him feedback on how rude the barman was – the manager was even WORSE. He was absolutely awful, left us feeling embarrassed and upset, shouted at us repeatedly he was so rude and really put a dampener on our night.
I'm so disappointed I let this happen – and I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone, after the foul service we got.
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