4 of us - 2 couples - visited this restaurant. Our friends had given it a glowing report based on a previous visit.
I rang ahead the previous day to explain that, due to a recent medical condition, I would not be able to eat spices or a range of other ingredients, and to ask if it would be possible to have simple grilled chicken with boiled rice and a side salad, and I was assured that that would be possible.
Despite the fact that it was a Saturday evening, the restaurant was practically empty when we arrived - a bad omen. When one member of our party attempted to order slow-cooked lamb shank, he was told that it was not available as it was "too slow" to cook. I explained my dietary needs again, and we agreed that I would have simple grilled prawns as a starter, and grilled chicken with boiled rice and salad as a main course.
We were not offered a drinks menu, and my friend had to go over to the bar counter - where the waiter was standing - to get a jug of water.
When our starters arrived, they looked nice. But my prawns were highly spiced. Normally, I would be delighted with this, but could not eat them in the circumstances.
The single waiter was nowhere to be seen for several minutes, but when he returned and I explained what was wrong, he denied that I had ever told him that I could not eat spices! Despite the fact that it was the first thing I had said to him, and I had three witnesses!
He said that he would replace the prawns for me. As the others had already finished their starters, I said that at this stage, I'd skip the prawns and go ahead to the main course. Then he informed me that the chicken had been marinated in spices/garlic/lemon - ingredients which I would normal love but which are out of bounds for me at present.
I explained that I had also rung the previous day to check if it would be possible to order food suitable to my medical needs. He replied that I had rung "too early; the chef wasn't in." When I said that I'd rung him after 5pm (in fact, it was about 6pm; three previous attempts to get through earlier in the day were unsuccessful), he said "I forgot".
He said that the only un-spiced dish I could be given as a main course was grilled prawns - the very dish which had been served up to me, spiced! At this stage, we decided to cut our losses, paid for what our group had eaten, and left.
Needless to say, we will not be going back.
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