I'm sorry to say that I rarely go there now.
The misses have been everything else I've ever had there. For example, the worst eggs benedict in my life - but that didn't compel me to write a review; it was soon after they first opened, so I charitably gave them the benefit of the doubt.
But today I was truly stung, paying over £15 for a 'gourmet' lamb sandwich, a fruit tart and a cup of tea, all of it so-so. Upon paying the bill, I was so taken aback that I couldn't help but say "Wow! Quite expensive..." To which the member of staff replied: "Yes, but it was a very big sandwich," adding drily: "did you manage to finish it all?"
Being British - and it's times like this that I rue the fact - I didn't want to make a fuss and instead replied blandly that it was very nice anyway. What I should have said was: actually it wasn't that big a sandwich. Yes, there was a lot of bread and lettuce, but hardly any lamb. For a £5+ sandwich, I'm expecting the shizz, not a morsel of meat as thick as a baby wipe.
I can see that Del Aziz is in many ways a rather wonderful, distinctive chain, and that with their own in-house bakery and a large number of staff, no one's expecting to pay the same as they would in Greggs. And luckily, I can take the hit if the quality delivers. But what's the point of ripping off potential regular customers? It only puts us off going back.
If the food had lived up to the price - and it would have had to be pretty amazing, but stranger things have happened - then I'd have been happy to become a regular. Not now, though.
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