News most dire from the place of Meyer

I bring dire news. The Waiters Restaurant seems to be sliding downhill. This has been a regular haunt of mine for over a decade now, and what it lost in cramped surroundings it made up for in atmosphere and the food. Ooh, the food.

But last Thursday night a bunch of us trooped along for a feed and found it sadly lacking. One bloke’s carbonara was lacking in the volume department. Another’s chicken parma smelt more like fish parma. The hot chocolates were closer to warm than hot.

What’s going on? The waitresses appeared to be new, but then, none of us had been there in a few months. We asked, and were told the place hadn’t changed hands. I hope they get their act together, economising on food and service is a false economy. This place thrived on word of mouth, and can just as easily die by it. I’ll give it one more try, and hope for the best.

Thankfully the old stalwarts such as Threshermans, Trotters and others around Lygon Street and the CBD continue to be reliable. And some of the new places at Docklands New Quay are quite impressive. Went to one Italian place the other week that was quite good (though it also suffered from the warm chocolate syndrome). And sampled Mecca Bah last week. Mmm. Scrumptious. It’s obviously a hit, and for good reason.

I’ve started sniffing out the restaurants and takeaways in my local ‘hood, too. Literally, in the case of the chilli place, whose aroma comes wafting out the doorway and floats down the street. Shame it doesn’t seem to be open for dinner. There are a couple of okay fish’n’chips places. The first pizza place I tried not too impressive, but some of the others look more promising, if you can judge the quality of a pizza restaurant by its decor.

There’s an intriguing Armenian restaurant that has to be worth a look – I have no idea what Armenian cuisine might be, but I’m certainly willing to give it a try. And I’m now walking distance to the very fine Korean place I went so many times last year, always a winner. There are lots of others in the vicinity. I guess I’ll just have to try them all as I get the chance.

Do you have a favourite restaurant?

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