Further to this, whilst dining in the restaurant last Saturday evening I noticed a mouse in the dining room! I raised this with a waiter, who dismissively laughed it off! No apology was offered. Really, this is beyond poor. I contacted the restuarant through their website on Saturday evening to raise these concerns and hopefully have them taken seriously, but as yet (4 days later) have had no response.
A quick mention about the food. We had the standard Automat burger. It was incredibly average, like something you would get on a 2 for £10 offer at a chain pub.
by jbrodie90, 18 Jul 2012
We got a burnt hamburger and, after taking a few bites, my guest thought it tasted bad and turned it over and saw that half of the burger was black underneath. We asked the waiter to replace it, and was approached by this manager who said that as "80% of it" was eaten - A BLATANT LIE!! - so they couldn't give us a new one. And besides, it wasn't burnt, this was "the way hamburgers are cooked here". Baffled by this attitude, I said that it is a rule in the service business that the customer is always right, to which she responded that this was not the case.
After much wrangling about the matter, she finally suggested that she would take 50% of the price of the hamburger off the bill. This was of course not the point, as she had ruined my lunch appointment with my nephew, who I hadn't seen for ages. I will certainly never go back to Automat.
by br1, 21 Jul 2011
I wished I had read these reviews before going. I went for a 7.30pm reservation. Found the food to be ok, though nothing special. The service was a bit annoying as they were rushing us a tiny bit, giving 2 minutes between asking for our order on two occasions... but nothing to come home and write a scathing review about.
So the meal comes to an end and I pay. We were lingering for a few minutes and about to leave when the manager came by our table to ask if she needed to attend to the bill, upon which I responded "Oh no, we have just paid". She instantaneously said "Then I have to ask you to leave as we have another group", in a dismissive tone. This somewhat irked me - the moment she knew we had paid, she jumped to kick us off the table. Giving her the benefit of the doubt, I mentioned to her two things: I wasn't informed or reminded (which is normally the case on entry to restaurants who give time slots) of the 2 hour slot (I didn't even realize it was 9.30), and that she came across as rudely kicking us off the table. Her chance to explain the rude comment. Now, you would think that she would apologise or something along those lines; however, she started an argument with me, insisting she wasn't rude and started to say that I was wrong! She continued to talk over me and insist I was wrong and knew I had to leave at 9.30.
I have eaten at many good restaurants and have never been treated in such an utterly distasteful manner. It was unprofessional and just all-out rude. I actually tried again in a very calm fashion to point out why she came across as being rude, mentioning that if she had gently and respectfully reminded us we would have left as we were almost ready to leave anyway. She instead talked over me and raised her voice at me and continued an utterly ridiculous and rude argument, mentioning "it's your word against mine". OMG, what a rude and clueless person!
SPEND YOUR MONEY ELSEWHERE!! Half the reason why you go to a restaurant and spend significant amounts of money is that you expect good service... well, not from this manager.
by simonkwchen, 18 Mar 2011
by HCT (2 reviews), 24 Oct 2010
by RuthLondon, 14 Oct 2010
Service has been very poor for over a year now and has no signs of improving. Waiters don't seem to care at all about serving you, don't know a thing about the food being served and have a completely unnecessary 'attitude'.
The final straw was a Friday evening a week back when I invited a group of my friends out for an important dinner at the restaurant. The six of us paid >£55 each for very disappointing main courses, dessert plus wine. The roast Alaskan Black Cod (£26) was especially disappointing. Never going back.
by OutInLondon, 21 Sep 2010
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by weia (2 reviews), 19 Jul 2008
At 2.15 we asked again and the manager said it was taking a long time since it had to be roasted. Imagine that. Having to roast a turkey. What next, they have to boil the water for the coffee? (Don't worry, they didn't have to mash the potatoes, as this Thanksgiving standard was not on their Thanksgiving menu.) I suppose that, given the fact that a turkey takes 4 hours to roast, we should have ordered at 9am!
We told the manager that we had to leave and he magnanimously told us we did not have to pay. Imagine that! Not being required to pay for a product that we did not receive! A total disappointment. Later that day, I wrote an email to Automat, and never received a reply.
Do not go to this shambolic establishment. They don't deserve your honest hard-earned cash, as they don't seem interested in earning it the same way you do.
by john66, 05 Dec 2007
by Moo Moo (23 reviews), 09 Jul 2007
Food was great - my grilled tuna salad was mouth-watering and my friend's pasta and lamb steak was delicious also. Wine was good but the cocktails were great. My mojito was very minty and strong - just the way I like it!
Great place and price good too.
by audrey (29 reviews), 17 Jun 2007
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by jeeny (3 reviews), 30 May 2006
Always ask for a non-smoking table, as this ensures you are nearer the front of the restaurant where there is a nice vibe about the place. If you get stuck in the back you might as well be at a bankers' convention.
by k lo (4 reviews), 03 Feb 2006
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