Posted on 11 / 22 / 2009
Visited Greens with a non veg for an evening meal. On arrival we were asked to wait at the bar for our table, so I ordered two drinks whilst we were waiting. The first drink came but then the barmen broke off to start pouring out several glasses of wine for another group of diners. I asked again for the second drink and was told he had to do these drinks first. Not impressed, either politely explain that you will be with us in a moment or serve both drinks at the same time. The other staff were pleasant and helpful in pointing out vegan options on the menu. As others have said there are disappointingly few considering this is a vegetarian restaurant. I had a mushroom and pancake starter that was attractively presented- reasonably tasty but sparse in size and vastly overpriced for £5.95. My friend had the goats cheese salad, consisting mostly of various leaves with a few VERY small chunks of beetroot and goats cheese and a few pinenuts. They said that it was tasty enough but, for £5.95 I have to agree with them that this is also vastly overpriced and as they said it consisted of the type of ingredients that often come as an accompaniment to a main meal.The mains were comparatively better value- my friend had the cheese sausage and mustard mash with beer gravy. They thought it was tasty enough and liked the beer gravy but come on Greens- push the boat out and run to three rather than two sausages! My griddled aubergine, broad bean and potato red thai curry with rice was pleasant enough, tasty sauce and lovely aubergine pieces and very pleasingly presented but the quantities of the broad bean, aubergine and spud were on the meagre side for the price. The main protein in the dish would be derived from the broad beans and there was only a sprinkling of these. Could be improved with the addition of more beans and/or tofu. Again, pricey for the quantity at £10.25.I enquired about desserts- they now have one vegan dessert on the menu, a crumble. Overall pluses- pleasant interior although very echoey and noisy owing to preponderance of bare walls, minimalist style. Pleasant waiting staff,decent presentation and some nice tastes . I was let down by the prices, portion sizes and lack of protein in the vegan options. I enquired if I call ahead if they could prepare something with a bit more protein, a curry with tofu and was told that only if it's already on the menu.Bill came in at £45 something for a two drinks, two starters and two mains. I'm in no hurry to return.
presentation, interior, noisy
imo- overpriced, vegan choices v poor- protein wise, laughable goats cheese salad