Despite having been to the Red Snapper on Waterloo Street several times, I’ve only been to the one in Seven Dials once. There’s a reason for that, and it isn’t location. The Waterloo Street restaurant is actually further away from me, but my experience at Seven Dials was so disappointing that I didn’t want to go back.
We reserved our table, as usual, for their 9pm sitting. When we turned up, I was immediately disappointed to see how crammed together the tables were when the other restaurant is so comfortable. When we came to order they’d run out of their signature Red Snapper dish, at prime time on a Saturday night, no less. So, my friend ordered another fish dish. It turned out they’d run out of that too, so he ended up settling for chicken. Our food order took so long to arrive that we ended up drinking all of our booze before our starter even got there and had to go to the Off Licence across the road for more. Then there was so long in between our starter and main course that they ended up practically closing the restaurant up around us before we’d finished eating. Not conducive to a pleasant meal.
The food was lovely though, so I may be being a little unfair. However, I’d talked the place up so much to my friends (who’d never been there before) that it ended up being a huge anti-climax. I think I’ll be sticking to the Waterloo Street one in future.