I first discovered Tredwells at Taste of London a couple of summers ago. My dad and I enjoyed our amuse bouches so much we went back for a second dish, so I was very excited by the bargain set menu of £30 (only available until 1800) as a way in to try a reasonably expensive joint without an expense account. Well. What a disaster. From start to finish.
I had a giant raviolo stuffed with ham hock to start, into which I can only presume that they had dropped an entire box of salt into the stuffing as to render it entirely inedible. OK. Accidents happen and they did offer to replace it, but I don't imagine they are making each set of stuffing individually so I took the option to forgo. It did not improve from there. The second course came out absolutely stone cold. At first, I thought mine was supposed to be tepid as the sea bass was cooked sous vide and never the hottest, but my friend had ordered the pork fillet and was the first to point it out. So poor Guiseppe (our lovely and charming waiter) returned them to the kitchen for fresh ones. They did come out hot. That is about the only good thing I can say about the dishes. The braised fennel was so stringy it could have come from an old guitar, the fish was relatively tasteless (but inoffensive), the pork fillet had been chargrilled to heat it up and so became tough. The chips were really greasy and the side of broccoli had the weirdest, grainiest almond paste on top which was just gross.
So on to dessert, at which point poor Guiseppe was kind of laughing with us and afraid to bring the final course. Remember Fruitini when you were a kid? Those little cans of fruit your mom used to put in your lunchbox? Yep, it could have been that with the most over sweetened meringue and coconut cream. All was vile.
We did speak to the manager and he was a bit nonplussed, he did apologise, but he didn't comp one of the meals or even discount in any way, which I thought was astounding. We made sure we left Guiseppe a big cash tip as he dealt with it perfectly, but if this is what Marcus Wareing has his name on, I won't be visiting this, or any of his other establishments on the strength of it. Shocker!