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The Hide Bar, London Bridge & Bermondsey (Bar)
“I wish I could find a single redeeming feature when it comes to describing The Hide, alas, my experience of lunching there was so appealling that The Hide now ranks as my worst London restaurant experience in years. Where do we start? Surely with the food, which, if certainly not overpriced on paper, undoubtedly is when one is presented with the joke that gets /microwaved/defrosted/cooked up in the kitchen. The tapas-style appetizers were at best mediocre at worst completely failed: prawns were rubbery and served with a sauce which just could not be considered spicy - it was pure, tastebud-annihilating chilli. The chorizo in cider was not only uninmaginative, it was also more animal fat than meat - and where was the cider? That was all before I got served what came as the dire crowning of my lunch, the Spanish tortilla - a burned, dry piece of suspicious-looking omelette, which I assumed had been warmed up from a few days prior to ending up in my plate. It came with the driest and blandest manchego I've ever had this side of Madrid. I mean, c'mon, it's not like it's easy to mess up a tortilla, right?! Who in London supplies these guys the supposed Spanish basics that form the basis of their tapas offering?! Fire the supplier, now! Onto the service now. They absolutely and unashamedly could not be bothered. The menus were left on our busy table, and when put down on the floor, for sheer lack of space, stayed down there until we left - and that was in spite of the waitress pas”
Atmosphere: Value: Quality:
Alek, London 29 Mar 07

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