Oh dear! We'd heard good things about this place via a friend and Time Out, and just had to write and say NO!
Was it an off day in the kitchen? Or a sign of some deeper malaise? The staff were inattentive (it is only self service), unfriendly and tables were left laden with trays (and I just love the little pot for tips on the cash desk). My tuna avocado was left undressed, not even a garnish was offered, and without the ballast of salad it nearly rolled off my plate, especially when one of the staff backed into me at the cutlery point - no, don't worry, no apology necessary; chance would be a fine thing.
Sorry I know sarcasm is not good in a restaurant review, but it was my friend's food which has filled me with such irritation that I can't help but succumb. The vegetarian option that was available for him was a Root Vegetable Bake in Tomato sauce with Cous Cous. So far so veggie. It turned out to be chunks of suede in a watery tomato sauce, with nary a flavouring of herbs or spices to enliven the proceedings, this was laid on a bed of similarly treated cous cous, the bland covering the bland. Some undercooked cabbage limped at the side of the plate, and the whole thing smelt distinctly... dodgy!
This repast was meant to see us through an evenings entertainment, but honestly it was revolting! My poor friend had to put it aside and lope off looking elsewhere for sustenance while I finished my bare avocado and small piece of ciabatta (65p). I did feel mean, but needs must when hunger arises.
My main gripe is, its one thing to serve bad food, its quite another to charge £7.00 for it (the veggie dish) and act as if you should be grateful into the bargain. I like cooking, I think I cook quite well, and take a pride in it, and I just feel plain insulted when someone gets paid to make trash like this, harsh words maybe, but I won't be back, unless... Hmm maybe a certain troubleshotting chef would take the place in hand - if only.