Sunday, November 27, 2016

Karbon Grill

Part 4 .... amazing how much one can squeeze into a weekend!

Okay, so have to admit, this was the only let down of our long weekend break. On the Saturday evening we were planning to go back to the Italian Kitchen as we had enjoyed it so much the night before. But a friend who lives in Durham suggested the Karbon Grill and we thought we'd give it a go.

Looking at the menu it was a bit more expensive than the Italian Kitchen, but as it is within the hotel building there would be no travelling and therefore taxi fares needed.

However, that would be the only plus. I was waiting to ask for a table for 2. A gentleman turned up a few seconds after me and was served before. I let that one slide. However, a family of 4 turned up and when they had seated the previous gentleman proceeded to serve this family. Not impressed, I was I had to admit a little impolite and said "Am I invisible?" To ignore me once could be an oversight - twice not so much! I did apologise to the family as it was hardly their fault.

We were seated on a table for 2 in direct line of the door. I had to actually ask Jeff to go up to the hotel room and get me a fleece! Anyone that knows me knows I walk around in a tee shirt in December, so trust me when I say it was cold.

The meal was acceptable but not what one would expect. As an Italian I was horrified to eat chewy ravioli :( and the lemon tart I do not think was homemade.

To finish the evening they tried to overcharge us by £16 - and yes, for us that is actually a lot of money. If I hadn't overheard the next table complaining about an error on their bill I might not have scrutinised ours quite so thoroughly and would have paid the initial amount. Once we had the correct bill we then waited another 15 minutes to pay the bill until I managed to catch a server's eye.

And if you're wondering, yes I did complain - well, when someone asks if you've had a nice evening would be rude not to tell the truth ;)

So as I said at the beginning of this post it was the only downside of the weekend, very disappointing in fact.


  1. Durham, North Carolina? Thanks, I'll avoid it next time I'm in town.

    1. Hi Alex, no, Durham, North East England :)

  2. That's too bad. Wow. Do you have Yelp over there? That review website? You should slam them on that, or on Trip Advisor. When we have enough in our budget for one meal out a week, it's a real drag when it's not a good one. So we stick to our 2 fave restaurants where it's no-fail.


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