First impressions: Looked like a cavernous temple to the Roman god Bacchus. Half expected the waiting staff to be wearing togas and laurels!
Food: From looking at the menus on 5pm we were expecting something Spanish, but the food turned out to be a bit confused. Was it Spanish, was it Italian? OK, let's go with meditteranean. We ordered from their pre-theatre menu which was called the market menu. The starters were paltry, the main courses OK (apart from the fries coming out a full 20 minutes after we had finished the mains) and the desserts were a bit laughable. My vanilla bean ice cream with dark chocolate sauce turned out to be three scoops of shop bought ice-cream with some melted chocolate (hardened by the time it had got me) drizzled over the top. Someone might explain to the chef that melting chocolate in the microwave does not constitute making a chocolate sauce....
Service: The waiting staff were really friendly, however I'm afraid they just weren't efficient. We were forgotten about on a few occasions, (my husband ordered chips to accompany his main and they arrived a full 20 minutes after we had finished the mains)and we had to wait ages between courses (it took 25 minutes after the chip course for them to realise we were still there and maybe in need of our desserts!). I am forgiving of poor service if I can see that the staff are snowed under but there were five waiting staff on duty and five small tables of diners. With one waiter to each table you should expect a highly attentive service.
Conclusion: Unfortunately I am not feeling the desire to go back for more. The food was OK but the service was just too slow for a pre-theatre menu.
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fiona hamilton - 22/02/2010