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01 January 0001
20 December 2013
We went to Kazan for our work Christmas lunch and I hope that I never need to go again.
Whilst I appreciate its never easy dealing with big parties (about 50 of us went) if you can’t handle them maybe you shouldn’t take the bookings in the first place. Service was really poor – it took 4 hours to get through 3 courses, and despite having placed all the orders in advance (so it can’t have been a surprise what they needed to prepare) people using the two different menus received their lunches at completely different times; so half the table would have food and half be sat there with nothing.
The atmosphere wasn’t great; we were sat downstairs and the low ceilings, gaudy and tired décor, cramped space and it being too hot didn’t enhance the overall experience. I would grumble about the endless Christmas songs as well, but apparently one of our team supplied that playlist!
Food is mediocre if you want to be kind about it; personally I’m not sure it’s that good. Yes, I accept I’ve been spoiled through going to the likes of Petrus, Pollen Street Social etc but this was really quite grim. I started with mixed mezze, which seemed to be a bit of everything; which is fine as an idea, apart from there wasn’t much thought of how things would work together and it was all a bit cold and greasy with a funny aftertaste that lingered longer than you’d like. Main course was minced lamb with mash; I appreciate I’m not an expert on Turkish food, but to me that didn’t seem very traditional. We didn’t get asked how we wanted our lamb – apparently slightly overdone was the standard – the mash was too sloppy and the salad looked like a poor afterthought from the supermarket bargain bin. Dessert was by far the best bit; the baklava was perfectly decent, firm and chunky with a nice taste of rose, the mint tea it came with tasted a bit more like toilet cleaner.
Value for money is debatable – yes it was cheap, but if you hated most of it cheap doesn’t make it value. Last year we went to the Cinnamon club, it was no more expensive and was a far better experience.
12 November 2012
Although we were the first couple at lunch time. More people came in over the period we were there. The food was very good. First time at a Turkish restaurant. Plenty of choice to suit all tastes. Meal was well presented. We did not have a dessert so cannot comment. Will go again if in this area
17 February 2012
A friend recommended this place so I went there to treat my friend for special occasion. They sat us right next to the door even there was some tables available. They rushed us to order. Main courses came pretty cold. I had to wait 5 mins to get someones attention to send it back. All staff was chatting around the bar and not caring about the customers at all. Table next to us was waiting for bottle of water for 10 mins.
After sending back my -charcoal grilled- food came back microwaved..! Tasted and felt like rubber. Nobody to complain for, no apologies.
Overall very bad experince..!
18 July 2010
We had the mezze starter which was a great way to try lots of different things Kazan have to offer on the menu. The food was superb – fresh and tasty and the staff were friendly.
At under £100 for 3 courses and a good bottle of wine, we thought Kazan was excellent value for money and will definately be visiting again.
Our own negative, but very minor issue, was that starters and mains came out very quickly after one another but at the end of the meal you didn't feel hurried to vacate the table and could let the meal go down.
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