City Cafe - Double Tree by Hilton - Manchester
City Cafe - Double Tree by Hilton - Manchester

City Cafe - Double Tree by Hilton - Manchester

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Phone: 01612421020x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Afternoon tea: Sunday -Saturday: 3pm - 5pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European
  • Executive Chef: Michael Campbell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you'd prefer a small and intimate gathering with family and friends or a larger event, the flexible design of our stylish spaces offers you a wide choice of size, layout and entertainment.


    Because DoubleTree by Hitlon Piccadilly Manchester is fully licensed for weddings, traditional or civil and is located with views across the Manchester skyline, it is the ideal venue for your wedding reception or private celebration.


    Our AA rosette awarded British cuisine is renowned and our highly regarded Chefs will help you plan and prepare your menu.

    With dedicated teams on hand to ensure your event is meticulously planned, beautifully delivered and forever memorable, DoubleTree by Hilton Piccadilly Manchester is your first choice for unique events, receptions, and private parties. Because making your day makes ours.
  • Private Party Contact: Tony Shotton 01612421010x

Getting there

  • Public Transit:

    2 minute walk from Piccadilly Train Station or 5 minute walk from Piccadilly Gardens
  • Parking: No
A word from City Cafe - Double Tree by Hilton - Manchester
Savour award winning modern European cuisine in the heart of Manchester at the informal yet elegant City Café Restaurant, Bar & Terrace in Manchester Piccadilly. Enjoy the comfort of the modern interior or maybe in the warmer months try dining al fresco on the terrace. Enjoy a cocktail or a glass of fine wine while the award-winning chefs skillfully prepare delicious and seasonal dishes from locally sourced ingredients.
The a la carte menu changes seasonally and the market menu is updated bi-weekly, to ensure that the best value and quality are delivered.
Signature dishes include a delightful scallop ravioli, raisin puree and cauliflower foam or for those preferring meatier dishes - the classic fillet steak , root vegetable gratin and turnip puree.
If you’re just dropping in for a spot of afternoon tea, the delicate finger sandwiches, fresh scones and aromatic teas make for a very tempting afternoon selection.
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City Cafe - Double Tree by Hilton - Manchester reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since 22 May 2014
Average Rating3.6
  • Food3.9
    Service3
  • Ambience3.5
    Value3.5
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
business meals (7)pre/post theatre (6)afternoon tea (5)romance (4)fit for foodies (4)special occasions (4)outstanding value (4)disabled access (3)sunday lunch (3)child friendly (3)brunch (2)good vegetarian options (1)outdoor eating (1)group bookings (1)Show More
  • Used to be better
    Stelle
    Dined on 15/5/2014
    Dined in the restaurant last year and was a much better experience. The menu on the early dining offer now is very limited with no option for steak supplement. Staff were friendly but service standards need improvement. Would I go back?.......no would be the answer.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • service was poor
    love2treat
    Dined on 15/2/2014
    food was good service was very poor had to ask 3 times for coffee and tea added the 10% service charge and we did not pay it and was quite taken back when the girl questioned why
    Special Features:
    business meals, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Quite There
    Anthony
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    On a not exactly packed Valentine's evening, we felt the service at City Café was often found wanting. Whilst certainly pleasant and friendly, the waiting staff didn't seem at all overrun; in fact it could be said there was ample personnel for the number of gathered diners. Yet there was still an element of panic in the air, that organisation behind the scenes wasn't quite what it should be (3 days later we are still waiting for the 2 glasses of champagne we have paid for, despite requesting it twice and watching other couples around receive theirs). Feeling underwhelmed we decided to sample the separate bar. When a bartender eventually turned up, he noted our order, and disappeared not to be seen again for the next half hour, so we left.
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  • Poor Service
    Billy
    Dined on 14/2/2014
    It was valentines. I was assured when booking, weeks in advance, that the a la carte menu would be available as well as the set menu but when we arrived we were informed there was no a la carte menu. The food was quite nice and pleasantly adventurous for a set menu (my girlfriend did not share my enthusiasm). What really let it down was the very poor service. Having to ask multiple people, multiple times for a drink/ a vegetarian option/ to be seated at our table etc. At a Hilton I expect excellent service and considering it was valentines day and it was only about 25% full it was a shock to find the service so bad......The last straw was being chased out the hotel because THEY had apparently charged us the wrong bill. WILL NOT BE RETURNING
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    business meals
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  • My party of 7 people had a
    CityliteVIP
    Dined on 23/12/2013
    My party of 7 people had a fabulous lunch here . Wonderful service and ambience. The choice of food was excellent and the quality and presentation was first class. I will definitely be returning!
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, child friendly, brunch, outstanding value, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Business Lunch
    BobW
    Dined on 18/12/2013
    This is a really nice restaurant with plenty of space between tables and a pleasant ambience. The set lunch menu was excellent, the food competently prepared and presented. A good find.
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was really happy with meal
    Dinnerfor2
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    I was really happy with meal in all.. Presentation was good, and in most part the meal was excellent.. The only small let down was that we had to send my partners desert back to it being extreamly over cooked.. Apart from that I thought it was excellent. The staff were very friendly and made you feel comfortablee. VERY good value for a nice meal with a loved one . I will definitely return again
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    special occasions, outstanding value
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  • A Hidden Gem!
    diner77
    Dined on 25/11/2013
    My friend and I were very impressed by the quality of the food. We ate early and went for the 2-course plus wine mid-week deal, which was excellent value for money. Surprised that there were not more people dining, even though it was a Monday evening in late November. The service was also very good.
    Special Features:
    business meals, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, not enough
    tomtom
    Dined on 13/11/2013
    Booked 2 people at 5.30pm on a Wednesday, for a pre-theatre meal. Arrived at 5.20 and no staff were present. We waited on the seats outside until 5.30 when someone appeared to set up. We waited some more and were seated by 5.40. No one else in the restaurant. Order was taken quickly, warm bread given which was nice (although no wholemeal). The food came swiftly. The food quality was good although very small portions (we had a starter and a main). After finishing we asked for the bill, which didn't come for 5 minutes so I got up and asked again. Another 5 minutes and it came. Bought a sandwich from a shop on the way to the theatre because I was still hungry.
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    pre/post theatre
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  • delicious food at the city cafe
    ak00
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    My second visit to the restaurant...great food, the fish dishes were flavoursome and delightful along with a tasty goats cheese starter…ending with a tasty snickers creme brûlée. the Service was also much faster then the first visit which was perfect with little children. What was also great is the service from the waiter and waitress and the fact that no-one made me or my friend feel uncomfortable knowing we had two little girls with us (1year old and a 3 year old) …my baby ate so much even i was surprised. Thoroughly enjoyed by the kids and adults and was glad to have come again. will be looking for future special offers. Thank you
    Special Features:
    disabled access, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, child friendly, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DTree Experience
    Undi1
    Dined on 30/10/2013
    On business trip staying at the hotel. Ate from the early evening 'offer' menu. Only 2 other people dining, so atmosphere very subdued (as was the lighting making it difficult to read the menu). Service fine without being overly intrusive. Meal of starter and main course was well presented if a little on the 'minimalist' size !
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    afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunately, I had to ask
    afternoontea2
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Unfortunately, I had to ask for a new pot of tea as the English breakfast one I received was really weak. Also, after being seated for an hour, I had to ask if our food was ready. This took the special element out of the occasion and we were quite disappointed.
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  • A great place to dine
    BenManchester
    Dined on 27/9/2013
    I've been to City Cafe three or four times now and have excellent food and service on every occasion. Excellent, gourmet food, nice atmosphere and friendly staff. If you haven't already, give it a go.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, good vegetarian options, brunch, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 2 ratings-only reviews submitted since 22 May 2014
    • Average Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambience3
    • Service3
    • Value3.5
  • The following 769 reviews are from the City Cafe - Double Tree by Hilton - Manchester reviews archive.
  • Mediocre food at a pedestrian pace
    CaseyVIP
    Dined on 26/8/2013
    Very disappointing. We ordered the ribeye . Surprised that it would take 25 minutes, but happy to go with that. We ordered a bowl of olives, which we certainly needed as the wait for the ribeye was easily half an hour. It was acceptable when it arrived, and we were content. Two ordered desserts and we all ordered coffee, asking for the coffees to be served with the desserts (since we were on a tight timeline). Desserts arrived, but no coffees. Waited 5 minutes, still no coffees. When we spotted a waiter we asked and reminded him of hour tight timeline. Still no sign or coffees 5 minutes later. In the end we left as the coffees arrived. We'd spent 100 minutes for a main course and coffee, and only 3 other tables occupied!
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  • A hidden gem
    Yvie
    Dined on 18/7/2013
    Not many people seem to know about City Cafe and it deserves to be busier than it is. The food is always top notch and beautifully presented. Great value too especially Sunday lunch and their small plates. As it's a hotel, the drinks are pricy though.
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, brunch, outstanding value, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Cookie
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    I love the food at this place. It is always welcoming and friendly place. The food is always excellent and the wine is good and plentiful. It doesn't cost the earth either, it's well priced and the deals you can get are very good. Well worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    BenManchester
    Dined on 15/6/2013
    This is the third time I've visited City Cafe and the menu has been greatly improved since my last visit. Very interesting and well thought out food, ready to satisfy anyone who enjoys something a little bit special. Great, friendly service too. It's a posh restaurant without being pretentious, so good for those of us who enjoy our food but who don't wish to stand on ceremony.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great start to an evening
    EdThorley
    Dined on 15/6/2013
    City Cafe is a well presented restaurant and in a great location if you are coming into Manchester from the Piccadilly Station. The service we received during our meal was exceptional and meant the only thing we needed to concern ourselves with was having a great time. Even though we were taking advantage of the 3 meals and 1/2 bottle of wine for £25 did not restrict our choice of meals. The food was of a good standard with looking to go into the direction of fine dining. The overall experience was very good and I wouldn't hesitate to advise a friend to book here in the future
    Special Features:
    business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great at City Cafe
    braw
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    what a great evening we had at the City Cafe the food was great as was the service, we will certainly be back in the future
    Special Features:
    business meals, disabled access, good vegetarian options, child friendly, brunch, outstanding value, afternoon tea
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  • Elegent,pleasant,classy and tranqui
    Ultimatefoodie
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    I have been visiting this restaurant on and off for 8 year, and can safely say that the summer menu is significantly less super than the winter one and despite asking for a warm table, my table temperature in the summer is always cold. The side bar doesn't appear to be doing much. Also the top floor room maybe better utilized as buffet room as to private bookings, When your head chef changed some years ago the food really changed and was sadly not by favorite restaurant, however my 3 group visits in January 2013 proved to be superb to the standard of the old chef. This visit was a slight disappointment; in that the summer menu was just not as good as the January one.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, pre/post theatre
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  • excellent restaurant, wow
    perry1983
    Dined on 14/2/2013
    excellent restaurant, wow the food was amazing on valentines day will be going back again.
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    romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leisurely lunch at the City Cafe
    fussyeater
    Dined on 13/2/2013
    We had the special champagne lunch at £14.50 which was exceptional value for 2 courses and a glass of champagne. The service is wonderful. The food was very well executed.This restaurant is in a great location opposite piccadilly station. In the summer the outdoor seating is a bonus. The only down side is the ambiance as the restaurant had only a few tables with guests, although on a Wednesday lunchtime I expect that would be the case in most restaurants in the city centre. We have eaten here previously and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not great
    EdouardoVIP
    Dined on 15/12/2012
    great location (directly opposite Piccadilly station) and the hotel which the restaurant is a part of seems nice. But the restaurant lets itself down a little. The staff seem pleasant and attentive, but they are rather slow and disorganised. The food wasn't bad, but the chef lacks creativity (the menu choices were rather basic) and, although the dish presentation was ok, the flavours weren't particularly impressive. The wine menu is also very basic. The decor was ok, fairly modern, but there really was no atmosphere at all. Maybe this place would work for a business lunch, because of its proximity to the station, but I will not be taking my wife back there.
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  • Food preparation aims at the
    toptabled
    Dined on 20/10/2012
    Food preparation aims at the high end of gourmet; some imaginative combinations, satisfying flavours, pleasant plate presentations. Service at times quite slow, a little chaotic and confused. Ambiance borders on the inhospitable. Offers seem to be good value, but going a la carte - as we did - tends to be pricey for the overall experience.
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  • Excellent food but lacking
    fussy
    Dined on 13/10/2012
    Excellent food but lacking in atmosphere - we did go on a Saturday and I think it is more of a weekday restaurant. However, excellent all round.
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    business meals, fit for foodies
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  • Great Price - Long Wait !!!!
    DessertLady25
    Dined on 15/9/2012
    I was really excited about dining here as I had a friend spending the weekend with me so thought it would be good for us to dine out !!! The offer itself was fantastic 3 courses for £25.00 !! The staff were all friendly and attentive to ensure we were catered too however the wait from the starter to the main was over an hour this wasnt good but we tried not to let it ruin our evening. When the food did arrive it was warm and not hot leaving a damper , the food overall was fantastic could have endulged it a bit more !!! Great ambience as other couples dining as well. Would go again and do lunch !!!
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    business meals, romance, special occasions, group bookings, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good deal at City Cafe Manchester
    foodiesusie
    Dined on 4/9/2012
    I thoroughly enjoyed my meal deal here. I had a half bottle sized carafe of passable wine, a gin and tonic and a beautifully presented and tasty three course meal for £25.Though the portions are not large it was more than adequate without ordering extra side dishes and I was invited to have as much bread as I wanted. In the past the service here has been slow but I could not fault it on this occasion
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    business meals, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • City Cafe Manchester
    glenn
    Dined on 1/9/2012
    Great £25 dine and wine and cocktail deal. Go for it!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, brunch, outstanding value, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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  • citycafe manchester
    mrsDJ
    Dined on 18/8/2012
    we had the £25 offer at city cafe which was arrival drink, 3courses and 1/2 bottle of wine each.It was a very good value offer and we really enjoyed it. The arrival drink was a choice of spirit with a twist which was very nice.The 3 courses was a choice of 3 on each course so was a bit limited,but what we chose was all very tasty. My husband recommends the lamb highly. The city cafe is very relaxed and the staff was very friendly and professional.
    Special Features:
    business meals, romance, fit for foodies, special occasions, group bookings, outstanding value, Sunday lunch, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food, great service
    lette
    Dined on 18/8/2012
    Very good food, great service but was very quiet, lacked a bit of atmosphere.
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    business meals, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and value
    Martin
    Dined on 17/8/2012
    great food and value, the only downside was the very small size of the mains
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all round
    ProfP
    Dined on 15/8/2012
    Excellent, high quality food which was presented excellently and tasted equally as good. I use this restaurant regularly for personal and business events. Great place for a business meal as well as special occasions.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have been to this restaurant
    materialg2012
    Dined on 11/8/2012
    We have been to this restaurant twice before but on this occasion we thought that there did not seem as much food especially on the starters. Very good deal 3 courses a welcome drink and half bottle of wine but if they want more people to eat there then I think the portions should be just a little bigger. If I was paying full price then I would be most upset.
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  • Elegant and inviting
    Feedthegoat
    Dined on 10/8/2012
    Four of us attended on a balmy friday evening and were grateful for the cool elegant interior of the City Cafe. Service was excellent from first to last as the staff were numerous and attentive. The food was tasty, unusually featuring frogs legs on a limited Market Menu. The crumbed plaice and the lemon cheesecake especially gained thumbs up all round. We particularly enjoyed watching the world go by as the various Piccadilly passengers strolled past, homeward bound.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of best in manchester
    Lorrie
    Dined on 25/7/2012
    City cafe offers consistently good value...the food is always fresh and imaginative and ambience is very good.
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    pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • graduation dinner
    WestBarnchick
    Dined on 19/7/2012
    Very nice meal, on the specials offer menu so not too pricey. Small elegant portions, all delicious, lovely setting. Would have stayed at hotel, had I realised it was above the restaurant too.
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    business meals, special occasions
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  • City Cafe Review
    Michelotti
    Dined on 16/7/2012
    Pretty good food - for those of you who are not nouvelle cuisine fans then beware, the food here is a bit like that but very tasty and with good portions...friendly waiters and service, and not bad value with a TopTable deal.
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    business meals, fit for foodies, special occasions, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food service and
    Josh
    Dined on 15/7/2012
    Excellent food service and value. Had a very enjoyable evenning.
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    fit for foodies, special occasions, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    W4D4L
    Dined on 10/7/2012
    The food was good, but because we booked a 2 or 3 course meal deal the options were limited with steak being a considerable add onto the set price. The atmosphere was nothing special, I didn't feel like I was in a top restaurant. Will.
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  • Choice and portion of food
    Greatone
    Dined on 6/7/2012
    Only one option for starter, and 2 for main course. No vegetarian option
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    I would recommend this to a friend.