Saturday, September 27, 2008

Restaurant Review - The Saffron Club

Yesterday was Victoria's birthday so we decided to go out for a meal with my brother and my sister in law. We were originally going to go to Cafe Guru but for a change we decided to try The Saffron Club.

We arrived at 8pm and said we had booked a table. I was a bit worried as they looked like they didn't know what we were talking about but they sat us down immediately.

Things began to go down hill when the waiter (possibly about 16 years old) brought us one menu and said that there were no more and one would have to do until other people had finished with theirs. "Bring us some drinks then and come back when there are more menu's" was my brothers reply.

We got some drinks and some menu's and finally got to order at 08:30. Our starters then finally arrived at 9pm. 30 minutes for a starter to arrive? Not good but we thought that the meal was coming now so everything else should be quick. We were wrong.

We asked at 9:30 where our main courses were and were told 10 minutes. We then asked at 09:45 and were told 10 minutes. Then the manager came over, apologised and said our food would be 10 - 15 minutes. He even tried to say the food was slow because we didn't order until 08:30!! We explained that there were no menu's.

That was enough. We gave up and decided to leave.

Justin and I were going to pay for the drinks but as our wives pointed out, the only reason we drank extra beer was because we were waiting for so long. They told the manager we didn't want to pay at all so he just told us to leave. I think that he was trying to avoid a scene.

So that was it. We left. No curry for me which was bad as I had been looking forward to it all day.

So would I try The Saffron Club again? No. The staff were totally disorganised and although the starters were good they took far too long to arrive. It even took them 15 minutes to bring poppadoms for god's sake! Obviously I can't comment on the rest of the meal as we never got that far. I think that being sat at a table for 2 hours without even getting you main is ridiculous and although I have never left a restaurant before I think we were justified in doing so this time.

Next time we will stick to the far superior Cafe Guru!

Still, at least it was a cheap night. :-)

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