Went to Bo Cinq last night with four other friends one of whom had eaten there before and said it was good. The table was booked over a week in advance so when we arrived we were kind of shocked to see that we were placed on a small round table which other restaurants would put a max of three people on. Complained but were told that all the tables were small. Not happy but we’d put up with it. At least we would not have an issue with hearing each other or at least that’s what we thought. There was so much noise in the cramped environment (there must have been at least thirty people in an area of 25sqm) that even talking to the person next to me was difficult. Ok it was Friday night and maybe this was not the place for me but I am trying to be objective here. This place is not cheap, we are talking close to €80 per head with drinks so to be shoved on a tiny table and needing an intercom to hear each other is not my idea of ‘ambience’. The other problem was that the menu, although extensive, was written in quite small text and in the dimly lit room was quite difficult to read. I actually had to hold the table candle up to make my selection. I saw another lucky table had obviously eaten there before and brought a small torch.
Ok so let’s hope the food is good. Ordered a Chilean sauvignon blanc which at €24 a bottle was fairly mediocre at best. First course for me was tortellini stuffed with duck which was actually very tasty and everyone else enjoyed theirs also. Fine start and to be fair the service was pretty good especially given the amount of people in the restaurant and that the bar was also packed (they also serve food in the bar).
Main course. I had opted for the swordfish and it was ok. For me it was very rare and quite tough. I could have done with a steak knife to cut it. The best thing on the plate was the roasted tomato with a herby crust which was really tasty but when the garnish overawes the headline act it’s not a good thing. Again though service good. My fault that I had forgotten to order and veg or potatoes with my fish (because at €22 a portion they obviously could not afford to give me some spuds with my fish). Five minutes later the waiter appeared with some veg (€4) and fries. Oh dear we have obviously reached peak here and going downhill. Took the veg and waited another five minutes for the confit potatoes (also €4 so the main was €30). I do like my greens a little al’ dente but the veg was nearly raw. By the time the potatoes arrived everyone including me had finished their meal. The potatoes were also slightly raw by the way.
Ok on to desert. The desert menu consists of a chocolate and date soufflé or sorbet, oh plus a desert trolley (must be a retro thing). Opted for the soufflé as did my friend. Souffle came and oh dear, did they not read the recipe or were off sick that day at college. It more resembled a fondant that had gone wrong. It hadn’t risen even to the top of the ramekin and when I delved through the crusty top I found hot chocolate sauce below which tasted nice but hey I ordered soufflé did I not. Someone can’t beat egg whites. My friend’s one was the same. Both were sent back and fortunately taken off the bill. So practically the only desert on the menu was a disaster and I saw a few others ordering it around me and theirs looked the same so I think the chef needs to look up the definition or get a better recipe. The Irish coffee I had was pretty good though.
To top everything off they lost my scarf which was actually quite an expensive Tommy Hilffiger one. It was a present but I think it was around €50. Nice one Bo Cinq or is that Bo Stink.
Shall I return? Guess what, no on your life.
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