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1 hour ago, Asthehills said:

No issue with that, or the prices may Harbour view Bistro mentioned earlier.

Actually had a very good meal at The Highwayman last week although the only other people in there were a knitting group.

Recent good meals also at The George, The Swan, The Bridge and the British.

The brewery pubs do seem to have upped their game.

Coast.  I could happily never go again.  It was overpriced for what we were served and really slow service.

Fig and Olive, also superb recently.  The new Turkish place where smearing was was very poor value.

The good places are still busy even at this time of year. When you start to see places like The Hawthorne quiet at weekends then it’s a bad sign.  Until then the places that are empty are with poor quality, poor value, badly advertised or in a crap location.

The Hawthorne is probably quiet because its not very good and the staff are miserable

They haven't upped their game since the refurb (or the menu last time I was there). It was ahead of the game when they started up to 6 or 7 years ago but if you stagnate you die

I can't believe your Coast comment. When did you last go? Its actually cheaper than many of the Brewery pubs are now. They also sell proper wine and not the cheapest shit they can get their hands on that the Brewery offer.

Saying that the Brewery pubs are miles ahead of where they were this time last year. The beer is great. If they get some proper wine I reckon they could really go somewhere.

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17 minutes ago, NoTailT said:

If you want overpriced go to La Parilla or whatever its called at the Villa.

15-20 quid for a burger on its own. Fiver extra for chips. Silly money.

Very few people want overpriced. The small number that do have better choices like Enzos, portofino, wine down and l'experience.

There's not much left on that market. It will likely fail at those prices. £36 for a steak too I noticed. 

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13 minutes ago, Happier diner said:

Very few people want overpriced. The small number that do have better choices like Enzos, portofino, wine down and l'experience.

There's not much left on that market. It will likely fail at those prices. £36 for a steak too I noticed. 

Rumour has it Portofino is shutting in the NY.

I've noticed Refuge is increasingly upping its game, but getting very pricey. Had a salmon dish in there 2 weeks ago and it was 25 quid at lunch, seemed excessive, but the place is always rammed.

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11 minutes ago, Happier diner said:

Very few people want overpriced. The small number that do have better choices like Enzos, portofino, wine down and l'experience.

There's not much left on that market. It will likely fail at those prices. £36 for a steak too I noticed. 

£38 for fillet steak without sides!!! Apparently it’s been busy maybe because it’s new?

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1 minute ago, Banker said:

£38 for fillet steak without sides!!! Apparently it’s been busy maybe because it’s new?

I can't see it lasting, we are also in the busy festive hospitality period. Its a very weird stray considering its the same people as The Sound and Bradda Glen, both very reasonably priced and nice venues.

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3 hours ago, NoTailT said:

If you want overpriced go to La Parilla or whatever its called at the Villa.

15-20 quid for a burger on its own. Fiver extra for chips. Silly money.

Bloody tasty thou'.

Do the loaded chips for that price.

Prepared well.

A pile of food on a plate does not signify quality - usually quite the opposite.  

Their Quilmes beer is rather appealing too.  

 

 

 

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10 minutes ago, WTF said:

i've seen mark grace lurking around the old lloyds building

Suntera's new office and Victory House are another Mark Grace special with Rose Estates I think it is. It used to be 55 Athol Street and Tevir. Before that it was Raj.

I think they're building a gym where the old Lloyd's branch used to be on Prospect Hill.

He's clearly given up on the flop that is 34 Hope Street after he talked the landlord there in to spending fortunes renovating the place.

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7 minutes ago, NoTailT said:

I think they're building a gym where the old Lloyd's branch used to be on Prospect Hill.

He's clearly given up on the flop that is 34 Hope Street after he talked the landlord there in to spending fortunes renovating the place.

Yeah seems to be his son setting up the gym.

The old IOMA building has got a cool live ferny/mossy wall though!

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34 minutes ago, Passing Time said:

It's still the IOMA building...

Well yeah, but there's only a few of them in there and understand they'll be out soon. As will Plan, their new building is virtually done. So the whole place will be empty.

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2 hours ago, NoTailT said:

Rumour has it Portofino is shutting in the NY.

I've noticed Refuge is increasingly upping its game, but getting very pricey. Had a salmon dish in there 2 weeks ago and it was 25 quid at lunch, seemed excessive, but the place is always rammed.

It’s definitely closing after Xmas. Amazing he’s hung on so long.

Refuge have the model about right. Clientele who are prepared to pay extra for decent food and a nice informal environment and good functions after hours. It’s a million miles away from the grotty coffee shop where the owner couldn’t afford to buy Manx milk. 

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9 minutes ago, Steady Eddie said:

It’s definitely closing after Xmas. Amazing he’s hung on so long.

Refuge have the model about right. Clientele who are prepared to pay extra for decent food and a nice informal environment and good functions after hours. It’s a million miles away from the grotty coffee shop where the owner couldn’t afford to buy Manx milk. 

Portofino just advertised fir new chef so odd they’re closing but the rent must be astronomical!

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