Monday, 20 July 2009

Is This a Roast Dinner?


If you ordered a Sunday Roast Dinner in an award winning restaurant costing £10.50 for one course would you be happy with the above plate of food? I wasn't.

That is a grilled pork loin chop. The three halves of pale and soft potatoes are not roasted. They have been boiled and turned in a roasting dish to add a bit of colour. Spinach was fine. So was the braised red cabbage. The teaspoon of gravy was a meagre offering. Where is the Yorkshire pudding? The apple sauce? The gravy boat? Traditional vegetables?

We were eating outside in the courtyard and once we'd been served there were no signs of any follow up waiting staff to ask and we couldn't be bothered to leave our food and go in search. Surely we shouldn't have to even consider doing that.

I have emailed the restaurant with my complaint and asked them if they consider the above is a Sunday Roast Dinner. I would have complained to the owners if they had been present but their team of young staff had been left to manage on their own and they were harrassed and overworked with that glazed eyed look of weariness.

Seemed to have spent a large amount of money eating out this weekend and apart from the excellent fish and chips its all been a disappointment.
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4 comments:

Maddie Grigg said...

I'm trying to work out where it is from the table. Dreadful. I'll be interested in the restaurant's response.

Buggles Balham High Road said...

The same place as the Posh Fish and Chips on different days.

Hard to believe isn't it?

pal said...

What a shame. It's plates of stuff like this that give English food a bad name!

Buggles Balham High Road said...

I've had first class roasts at the same place in the past but this Sunday was a complete let down.

And I haven't heard back yet. One niggle I always have when places advertise their head chef as formerly working in the kitchens' of Ramsey, Oliver, Pierre-White et al and what they really mean is they were washing up.