Your Last Mouthful

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Bosphorus – Great location, shame about the service…

Guest review by Mr. V

All by itself on its own strand of pier, the glass clad restaurant sits at its prominent location jutting out from the rest of the forage of restaurants and welcomes any onlooker. After many a time of wandering by and saying ‘we should go there someday’, finally, last week, we did and went along for a taste of what the Bosphorus has to offer.

It was a Monday night so we weren’t expecting it to be particularly busy, but then on the other hand we were also hoping it wasn’t going to be empty. Sadly it was, although 3 more people did arrive shortly afterwards. But as soon as we sat down the speakers came to life and we were treated to some essential Turkish music.

The interior is very nice – all three sides fully flanked with glass facing the sea and a nice panoramic view of the Bay across to Penarth. (At least of the lights as it was dark…) Simple décor, high ceiling and some (rather annoying) flashing lights which I’m hoping were just left up from the Christmas period. But all in all, very pleasant.

On arrival we were greeted, just about, by a rather glum looking waiter who gestured to the whole restaurant implying ‘you really can sit anywhere’. So we took a seat around the corner next to the glass wall.

With the drinks ordered we perused the menu. Our drinks arrived fairly quickly and were accompanied with a bowl of flat bread which is always a nice touch, but with no butter or olive oil, it was a little dry. When we’d come to a decision on what to order, we waited for the waiter. Then we waited a little longer. And then a touch longer, and then finally he came and took our orders. Mrs V went for the stuffed aubergine, and I went for the golden triangles of filo pastry stuffed with feta cheese, spinach, herbs and cheddar cheese. The aubergine was nice but lacked a bit in taste and flavour.

The filo pastries were better, good colour and tasted nice. Both were presented quite simply but looked ok.

Onto the mains and after a rather lengthy wait (even if it was brimming with people it was still a good while) we finally put to rest the rumblings in our stomachs. Mrs V had the marinated swordfish served with salad and lemon butter sauce. Nicely presented on a large plate, the fish tasted good, the salad was a little basic and it would have been nice to have some carbs but all in all, quite a nice dish.

I went for the Kul Basti which is an escallop of lamb with boiled rice and sautéed vegetables. The marinated lamb was very tasty, juicy, tender and well cooked. But the rest was again a little uninspiring and perhaps could have done with a sauce to wetten the dish as a whole. But overall the mains were good enough.

I’m afraid that due to the rather laid service we decided to opt out of ordering a dessert.

The menu on the whole had lots of choice with hot and cold starters and some good vegetarian options. It has a good range in price from £9.95 to £16.75 for the mains and £4.45 to £7.15 for the hot and cold starters.

Overall,  the food was ok but nothing to shout about. The service, especially considering there were only 2 tables occupied including ourselves was desperately slow but also not a single smile. We felt more of an inconvenience, and had the waiter not forced a smile and opened the door for us on our exit they would have received a red spoon for service. The best thing about it however, is the location. I may have not have had such a dim view of the whole experience had the service been friendly and welcoming. It’s a simple thing but makes a big difference. Hopefully the waiter was just having an off day.

My last mouthful was: The marinated escallop of lamb

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4 responses to “Bosphorus – Great location, shame about the service…

  1. Laura January 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    From the sounds of your experience it seems to have gone downhill a bit. Either that or it was just having an off night. I went there around 4 years ago now and we had a great meal – really fantastic food (I remember having a cold vegetarian mezze platter for a starter, and some kind of kebab for main). I’m sure that the portions were much more generous than the pictures of your food look, they were much more attractively presented, and everything certainly came with carbs! I remember the service being a little slow, but it was busy that night and there was certainly nothing specifically bad about it.

  2. gomezadams (@gomezadams) January 24, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I really liked the Bosphorus when it opened first. Apart from the great views it did fantastic lamb dishes and those great chopped salads that were so refreshing. Since it’s heyday it’s slumped! Instead of rising to the challenge of the influx of eateries that have flooded into the Bay and kept it’s clientele by providing excellent food and great service it has, in my opinion, gone into decline.

    I don’t go there often but in some ways that makes it’s decline all the more obvious, each visit a little worse than the last. On my last visit it was looking worn and shabby, badly in need of a refurb. The staff looked about as unhappy as the decor. Salads were poor and the lamb dishes greasy and tasteless.

    I doubt I’ll go back out of my own volition, there are much better places to eat nearby.

  3. Fasting Foodie January 25, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    I last visited Bosphorous a few years ago with a large group of friends, 10 or 12. We were the only table in the restaurant but felt overwhelmingly like we were a nuisance. The service was unfriendly and cold, and I havent’ returned since. The food, from memory, was decent enough but bad service put me off entirely. It’s a shame since the location is lovely and something so much better could be done with the space.

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