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Posted 31st Aug 2015 by CONLAMALFA9754812First Timer: 1 reviews
They call it market economy , of which Ireland is amongst the leaders in the Western world.
I would call it something else. I would call it a country that never learns from the past. Here, it’s enough to get a whiff of economic recovery that everybody, well almost everybody, who has something to sell jumps on the bandwagon and prices of things spin without control.
We are seeing this with house prices and more significantly in the exorbitant level of rents that are now even higher than those in pre-2008 good days, as it were.
It’s the market economy and the law of supply and demand that pushes prices up, so they say. Of course few are prepared to consider another factor that in Ireland seems to be quite comfortably at home, called “greed”.
And this malaise pervades all sectors of trade including restaurants. In terms of restaurants, take the renowned Unicorn for example, recently taken over by la Fiorentina group, after a rollercoaster of undisputed popularity for decades as “the” place to be seen (quality of food did not matter), and lately precarious and pernicious financial debt.
When la Fiorentina took over this restaurant only early this year, it offered tasty bites for reasonable prices with an a-la-carte menu not exorbitantly expensive. In the space of only a few month, management thought of hiking prices in the a-la-carte menu where, a dish of turbot is prices at €33.
I was with a friend for a business lunch I did chose pesce spada. Well I was presented with a mountainous “small” lump of fish (roasted or grilled) seasoned with a proper black olive based sauce. Normally sword fish is cooked and served in thick slices and the sauce is allowed to season and give its taste the fish, not as two unrelated entities. This dish came with €27 price tag. Wow! Customers like me will now think twice before booking seats in your restaurant for a social or business lunch!
Posted 8th Jul 2015 by GOLDENPETERFirst Timer: 28 reviews
The problem started when we arrived at 6pm. We were given the main menu but I had to ask for the Early Bird menu - I would have thought I would have been given the early bird automatically. It took a while to order but when our waiter eventually arrived, he told us that half the early bird menu was off! I wanted fish so I asked for branzino (sea bass) - it was definitely off, so my waiter told me. The same story with the gnocchi and the Vitello. I asked could I have a different fish instead of the sea bass the unhelpful waiter again told me no, same story with the vitello. Instead I ordered the calamari and the pappardelle, while my wife went for the prosciutto and linguine.
It took an age for the starters to arrive but when they did they were very small portions. But things got worse with the main courses which took nearly 40 minutes (!) to arrive (at this stage we were worried as we had to leave around 7.30). My pappardelle were edible but my wife's linguine were completely dry and tasteless.
When leaving I asked the manager Graziano why the service had been so poor and he said there was a problem in the kitchen,but he didn't elaborate further. I reluctantly parted with 69 euro which I thought was very poor value for what we got.
It was so disappointing as the Unicorn used to be one of Dublin's greatest Italian restaurants. The only trace of the old (and great) Unicorn I was the presence of Frank the old doorman who I saw wandering around shortly before we left. We might come back to the Unicorn but we would have to be sure of getting the wonderful experience like the old Unicorn restaurant offered.
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