Reviewed by Amanda Gazzard
This is definitely an experience to share with a friend or that someone special. This would make an ideal gift and you never know they may even take you as their plus 1!
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My voucher was for 2 people for a Three Course Meal with Bubbles for Two at Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian in London.
Details of the experience, as well as instructions of how to redeem the voucher, were very clear to navigate. Redeeming the voucher was a simple process of logging on to the website, input the voucher number and pin code which was printed on the voucher. This then took me to the experience. This unfortunately is where I experienced a problem. I chose to use my voucher at Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian which is situated in Mercure Hotel at London Bridge, London. On the booking selection on Buyagift it was showing there was no availability on a Saturday until November 2018. I was advised to telephone the restaurant to ascertain if they had any availability. When I contacted the restaurant I was informed by a member of the restaurant staff they had availability and was happy to reserve me a table. When I gave them the voucher code I was informed the code was invalid. The restaurant informed me I could email them the voucher which I did and they telephoned me back immediately to advise the code was not valid. Following a little help from Buyagift they assisted me promptly even booked the reservation for me on the time and date required.
The restaurant is situated inside the Mercure Hotel and we entered via the hotels entrance. As we could not see the entrance into the restaurant we made our way to the hotel reception which was more like a random table with someone sitting at it with a laptop. There was no clear signage to advise that was the reception. As we walked towards the reception the male receptionist made no effort to welcome us, and I was slightly bemused as to how he did not know we were not staying at the hotel. It was at this point we saw the entrance into the restaurant and we made our own way there.
We were a little early but were seated straight away with a choice of tables. The restaurant is split over two floors and throughout the whole time we were in the restaurant the upper part was not used. This is what I found strange as it clearly stated on the Buyagift website that there was no availability on a Saturday for the next few months but the restaurant was not at full capacity?
The waiter and waitresses were very polite and friendly throughout our time in the restaurant. We were immediately offered our prosecco whilst we looked through the set menu. The menu was not extensive but it had a good selection of dishes which catered for most. After much deliberation we settled for minestrone soup and crispy buffalo wings for starters, BLT burger and spaghetti meatballs for main course and home-made chocolate brownie and strawberry Eaton mess for dessert.
All 3 courses were delicious and portion sizes for the most were good. The only negative comment I could find regarding the food was the spaghetti meatballs. I had 4 small meatballs with a large bowl of spaghetti. Yes they did taste nice but I have tasted better and I felt the meatball sizes were a bit tight and could have happily eaten a few more with my spaghetti as it felt at times a little bland. The time waiting for food did not seem lengthy and we did not feel rushed at any time.
This was an enjoyable experience and I would recommend it for anyone to try. I do not think this is the type of restaurant to attend if you are celebrating a special occasion and are looking for something a little more up market as the restaurant was very informal and there was no dress code. The interior of the restaurant was quite simple and low key, not what I was expecting to be honest, but it was still very pleasant.
Even though I was reviewing this product buy a gift have a 100% exchangeable guarantee. This allows the recipient of the voucher to exchange their voucher for something else if they preferred. The voucher is valid for 10 months.
The current cost of the voucher is £39, normally £57 which is a bargain!!
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