Madhur's Review ‹ Back to Gipsy
I've been going here since the 1970s though my last visit before last night was in 2003. While it's expanded tremendously and attracts a bustling crowd, the service remains terribly inconsistent. We ordered starters which took 40 minutes. Claims that the kitchen was busy were unfounded as the restaurant portion only had two other tables occupied and most others were drinking. We ordered starters at the bar as we normally do and then planned to go upstairs to the restaurant for the mains. The "fresh" sardines were being defrosted, thus the delay. When we complained, the manager was unaccommodating and argumentative, so much for customer service. The waitress was efficient only in making sure our bill followed us around. We dined in the main restaurant. My friends' steaks looked like shoe leather and the fries looked tired. My fish dish was unimpressive at best and the fries were awful. Their legendary big portions have been economised which is fine as the food was nothing special so I would have wasted it anyway. Won't be rushing back there anytime soon. Such a pity for my favourite bar food hangout since childhood.