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Respond to Review of Tate Cafe Bar
by Stevie

Review: The cafe is in a beautful setting with magnificent views. There is plenty to choose from on the menu and my dining companion (a non veggie relative who had been prepared to give veggie food a try) and I ordered. Service was prompt and courteous and food came along in what I'd describe as normal time that I would expect to wait. The food was great, the wine very pleasant, the portions enormous (as seem to happen all over Malta) and all for 51 euros - decent value for 2 courses each plus a bottle of wine and coffees. Then it all went wrong. I asked where I could get a cab back to Valletta. The waiter (a young guy with dark hair in case anyone goes) said he would telephone one for us. The transportation (a darkish coloured car) arrived and off we went. The driver had never heard of the Grand Harbour Hotel and didnt know where it was (there's a clue in the name perhaps?). He got lost. Eventually we came along a street that I recognised and we decided to get out there and walk the rest of the way rather than be driven there by the clueless driver we had. He had driven round for a long time with not the 1st idea on where he was. There was no meter in the car I noticed and the driver wanted 20 euros. Pretty extortionate when you consider that the cab from the airport was only 17 euros. Plus there were no 'taxi' markings on the car. My relative would now never go back to Tate even if there was nowhere else in the world to get food. I share the sentiment. The point that I am trying to make from this is as follows. The person who the waiter or whoever it was that rang the guy to take us home - there's no way this guy was any sorted of a 'real' taxi driver or chauffeur. He had no idea on directions to a long established 7 storey hotel located at one of the best known landmarks in Malta. We said it was near the fish market, he still had no idea. Also for someone supposed to make a living from ferrying people around in a car, the pile of clutter in the back seat didn't give the impression that this guy did this as his real job. This was just a rip off. I mentioned this to one of the girls in the tourist office in Valletta. She said, "The waitor probably rang a relative". She also told us all the taxis in Malta are white (see comment above on the colour of the car). Not nice feeling ripped off. This website will only let me give a rating of 2 as the lowest possible rating. If I could I would rate this place as 0


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