Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hotel food

The rule of the thumb when looking for a good restaurant when you're in a new place is to see where to locals go. Unfortunately, we decided to ignore this and strike out on our own. We had seen Thai food advertised in Silvermine Beach Hotel so thought we'd try the restaurant out for some variety.

Big mistake. The seafood linguini was on the menu as having clams and mussels and in a tomato wine sauce. Instead, we got spaghetti in an lumpy cream sauce with a handful of peppers thrown in (peppers being a "Western" sort of vegetable).

The pad Thai was another disappointment. The seafood was fresh and the scallops were plump, I grant it that. But it was all cooked into a soggy mess, more hor fun style than anything Thai I'd seen.

To add insult to injury, the bill came up to about the same as if we'd had a meal at China Beach Club... which would have been infinitely better.

It's a pity, really, as the location is great and the staff are friendly. If only they'd get a new chef or do away with dishes the existing one cannot cope with. A good hor fun cooked well would have pleased us more than an interesting dish cooked indifferently.

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