Give me your best and worst.
I like a restaurant that's clean, reasonably priced and is in a nice area. The Bailgate area of Lincoln is an ideal example.
However, there's two things that really ruin a good restaurant:
1. Waiters that keep hovering and asking if everything's ok with your meal.
2. Tipping. It's an Americanphenomonom. We already pay enough for our food, without giving a gratuity. Restaurant owners shouldn't expect the customers to suppliment their staffs' wages.
I got kicked out of a restaurant for asking for extra pasta. We waited aaages for food and the main course arrived about 10 mins before the side dishes. And my main was about 6 pasta shells - piddly amount. I asked quite nicely for more pasta and they threw all 6 of us out !
Went to a pub in Winchester once. We arrived at 7.30 p.m. only to be told we would have to wait as the chef was on his meal break!! When the food arrived we rather wished he had stayed on it. One of my fellow diners when asked was his meal o.k. replied 'It was the worst meal I've ever had'. Reply 'Well you ate it.''
the Ninth Wave on Mull is the best restaurant in Scotland.
although I do realise that's like being the best actor in emmerdale.
I avoid chains wherever possible, and don't eat out very often.
I am a reasonably good cook, and I expect food that I pay someone else to cook to be at least as nice as my cooking. I get very unhappy if it isn't but don't tend to complain - which I should!
People have very different ideas of what is good, though. I had a completely shit meal on an aircraft - a bit of meat that could have been the sole of the captain's shoe in gravy. As we got off the plane, a couple of other passengers were saying "wasn't that food nice?....."
I've had some very nice meals in France - particulary in the Tour d'Argent in Paris. That was a one-off, for a special occasion
After the Abingdon Marathon on Sunday, the group I'd run with (actually, who ran way up ahead of me, in the main) went to Curry Royal in Wimbledon. Quite possibly the best curry restaurant I've been to - and, no, I don't work for them or hold shares.
My kids like Harvesters. They are actually excellent value and the food's not too bad - which makes them a good lifeline if you have to buy for four or more each time and have limited funds. However, we went to one near Christchurch in Dorset and someone with a medical condition collapsed at their table and needed extensive medical treatment by an ambulance crew. Which rather put everyone off their meals, though it was nothing to do with the food. I think.
Worst place I've ever eaten was a pub in Sherborne near the train station, its no longer there and I'm not surprised.We'd just moved from Portsmouth and spent the day unpacking so didn't feel like cooking. The pub was right opposite.When we arrived there were no other customers and so we sat down and ordered. About half an hour later one of the staff came over to us to recheck what we'd ordered. 30 minutes later they brought the food out, just before we were about to leave. My pasta dish was just about lukewarm, my partner turned around to the waitress when she put her gammon down and said "Funny pineapple" while pointing at the egg on her plate. When the waitress asked what she meant we showed her the menu which said gammon and pineapple and made no mention of egg.
Best ones I've eaten at have been where the food is well cooked, the staff are friendly and curteous and if they do make a mistake they own up to it and do everything they can to make up for it (ending up with two bottles of wine after they brought us the wrong one was the best example of that I've had).
Oh, I forgot the curry restaurant in the east end which managed to get glass in our food; and i was with someone who found a bolt in her main dish - presumably from creaking old kitchen equipment.
Still disagree with tipping though.
Best was a TGI Friday restaurant on the Friday I became an omnivore again after being vegetarian for 3 years. I had ribs.
The worst was a local Indian restaurant which served me chicken in a vegetarian dish and then denied that it was chicken when I asked about it. It was chicken and I was vegetarian at the time.
Lots of good ones, it would be hard to pick a favourite.
The worst place was a bonkers restaurant at a hotel in Snowdonia. The food was just about edible (maybe that was because we'd been running up Snowdon earlier in the day and would have eaten anything!) the rest of the experience was like being in a Fawlty Towers episode. In fairness, I think the owners knew the place was awful and just went along with it. I've never laughed so much during or after a meal.
They are definitely missing a trick, they should just market the place as a Fawlty Towers experience and then would probably have much happier customers!
The reviews are here, my favourite is the 5* one who says its a great place if you are off your head on coke or MDMA. http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g1475573-d1646029-Reviews-Plas_Hall_Hotel_Restaurant-Dolwyddelan_Snowdonia_National_Park_North_Wales_Wales.html
Worst meal ever was at the Sheffield United ground function suite a couple of Christmas's ago. I'm vegan and of course had pre ordered a vegan meal. The starter was tepid vegetable soup. When I asked if it was vegan I was told in a surly manner 'it's vegetable'. so I explained why it might not be vegan and after consultaion with the 'chef' was told 'it sould be alright'. While the rest of the people on my table were tucking into their turkey I waited and waited for my meal- a pile of soggy, microwaved, veg (like the type you get frozen in bags) topped with a thick, gloopy chip shop style curry sauce. When I complained I was offered a bottle of wine for the table. I was driving that night so wasn't impressed that I'd had a terrible meal and my freinds who'd had a reasonable meal were going to get wine!
I don't eat out often- most places find it impossible to provide a decent vegan meal, even when given some notice- it's not that difficult really
Sheils- wrote (see)
it's not that difficult really
it's not that difficult really
To be a normal ominvore, the way you were born.
This was 5 years ago EKGO. I still wouldn't touch it with a barge pole after my experience but I'm glad to hear you get better service now. I hope its changed hands.
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