It's not often today in Ireland that you find yourself in a restaurant that's virtually beyond words in it's awfulness. Over the years, such places have been weeded out and shut down from lack of custom or closed down by vigilant Health Inspectors.
Not so, the quaintly named Il Ponte Nouvo which has just received my dubious honour of being 'SIMPLY THE WORST RESTAURANT IN DUBLIN". Congratulations!
Myself & my husband dined here on Saturday night, it took 40 mins for our drink order to arrive, another half hour for our starters to arrive and then 40 mins after our plates were removed then our mains arrived, I ordered a seafood pizza and my husband had lasagne ????? Sweet suffering Jesus, but this was an un-holy mess, an abberation under God and nothing like any LASAGNE I've ever seen. It had all the appearance of being something that was left on a pavement after a hard evening's drinking - not only unappetising in appearance, it's scent was in a word 'ribald'. Fat globules were already congealing in apt rainbow colours in what passed for the sauce. We both had a few seconds of wide-eyed disbelief while we examined the dish further. Now, the beef was something that could have been served in a famine era workhouse – the majority of it was fat, the actual beef was scant to non-existent and congealing liquid fat in the sauce just raised the disgust level. The only vegetables served were hunks of over-grown carrot hacked with a slash hook, an ignorant lump of potato and nothing else. How on earth could anybody with even the most limited degree of cooking skills produce something like this?I returned the dishes to the waitress who simply stared back at me with incredulity that I dared do such a thing. ‘Whats wrong with it’? was asked with pursed lips and crossed arms . I explained. ‘Right then’ as she snapped the dishes. ‘Whatchawant instead’? My husband requested steak... What can go possibly go wrong with that dish? Well it came out to him and was the size of a postage stamp and chewy and not cooked rare but burnt !!!
We asked for the bill and not even a good will gesture of a dessert to make up for the bad rude service and awful food. Nothing to recommend the restaurant other than a friendly warning – GO ELSEWHERE.
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