We loved Arbequina the first few times we went. But, after a gap of about three months, on our return we were left wondering what's happened. The food no longer tastes as vibrant, flavoursome and fresh as it used to (I'm glad I didn't order the prawn dish as they actually smelt off as they were being cooked. The bream we ordered certainly wasn't at it's best either) and the servings have become miniscule. Where you used to receive three decent sized pieces of njudja on toast, we now received one small piece to share. With fish and meat dishes, you used to receive two pieces (i.e. one each person as a couple) and now had to cut up one tiny fillet or order another serving to actually have enough to taste it. Glasses of wine were always on the small side, perhaps a 125ml serving but I'm fairly sure it's now less than 100ml. Having booked an early table, we also felt rushed. One waitress kept coming over and asking if we wanted to order something else while we were in the middle of eating the current dish. She was really quite rude and you would think it was 'Waitressing 101' to wait until diners have finished eating to come over and ask if we want another dish? Also, how would we know what else to order if it seems a hassle to hand us back a menu? It's a real shame that Arbequina has gone downhill so quickly and we'll have to cross it off our list unless it improves.
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