Sunday 13 October 2013 5.45pm
Been since the tart up? Been to the new Village East, or Alcatraz East as it seems after the Prison Cabbage Patch Chic makeover,? Well anyway it still has much to recommend it, great staff (new and old) and good food (albeit a smaller menu – strange given that the remake was supposedly all about a bigger kitchen – oh and the salmon “main course” is very definitely a starter). But if you have been sent to the death row prison cells – sorry the luxury banquette booths- in the middle, you will know what true cramp is like, you cannot move right or left at all, and forget trying to cross your legs, no matter how petite. And if you were rash enough to bring a bag or coat you will be consigned to a scrum in the entrance area – they put the cloakroom wardrobes in the small space by the door, so if there is more than one or two coming or going at the same time you will be exchanging bodily fluids with strangers – hey it could work?
They have at least dropped the compulsory ‘sharing’ menu – “you must share these plates – or you go to solitary confinement” – where do I sign up – does it have space?
Owners and designer, have you checked out the Union Street
Café? Similar hues but it works much better and there is plenty of room to swing at least two cats, or more. Come on guys please, rip out the booths made from allotment detritus and just replace them with three tables and 12 chairs (don’t try to cram more covers in that the space can cope with) – and we can all have a nice relaxed evening? Nice relaxed evening – where did that concept come from – reminds me of something?