Gino - My Restaurant Harrogate 3rd July 2017 -v- Gino - My Restaurant Leeds 20th July 2017
Gino - My Restaurant
Like I said previously, I’m not a fan of Celebrity Chef restaurants after my experience in Jamie Oliver’s, Harrogate but not one to judge all restaurants by the same chef, I booked to go to Gino D’acampo’s recently open restaurant in Harrogate and I'm definitely glad I did.
We had booked a reservation for 6:00pm and on entering we were handed a free perfectly chilled glass of prosecco and greeted personally by the manager.
I was immediately blown away with the décor, design and layout of the restaurant. On walking to our table we glided past a beautifully laid out deli bar where customers were either having a drink or sharing food platters.
We were led to our table and our waitress introduced herself and what an absolute delight she was. Very smartly dressed in the uniform of beige pants and light blue shirt, friendly and truly professional. She also told us about the opening weekend where Gino himself had attended and the fabulous training they had received as staff.
The menus were presented to us and again the choice of Italian food was totally authentic. I could have literally eaten all the starters and all the mains. However, the main test for me was, of course, the lasagne. So, risotto for my fiancé and lasagne for me.
On looking around the restaurant the tables were filling up nicely with families, couples, solo diners and teenagers all enjoying the Gino experience and great atmosphere with cool vibes at just the right volume.
It was time to explore upstairs where we had been informed there was a prosecco terrace. Wow! This was amazing and full to the brim of customers enjoying drinks in the open air. The roof can go back for cooler weather and opens out when sunny but either or the terrace had scattered patio heaters so was equipped perfectly for the great British summer.
Checking out the toilets, public toilets being a bit of an issue for me, they were beautifully designed and more importantly extremely clean.
The food arrived in a timely manner and I can categorically state, hands down, the lasagne was the best lasagne I’ve ever had in a restaurant. I say ‘in a restaurant’ as no one cooks a lasagne like myself. Well, so my fiancé tells me! As for the risotto, it was with Italian sausage and cooked to perfection with just the right amount of flavouring. Compliments to the chef.
All in all the whole experience was sensational and this is definitely a restaurant deserving of the word ‘fantastico’
PS: Don't forget to get your Gino Club Individual loyalty card.
Gino's - My Restaurant, Leeds - 20th July 2017
This is a total no-go. It's kind of put me off the one in Harrogate it was so bad. I was told by many of my Leeds friends not to go but the one in Harrogate was so good, I ignored them and off we popped.
Don't get me wrong the staff were lovely. Faultless actually but the layout and food was horrific. You may as well have sat on each other's knee the tables were that close.
We had calamari to start and share. It wasn't okay or not okay, it was as it was.
I ordered King Prawns with pesto and pasta. There were four king prawns in the dish and so much dried-up pasta flown on top of them it could have fed the whole of Italy.
Despite then asking for Parmesan, no-one offered and then flying on lots of olive oil, it was so horrendous I sent it back. The manager asked if she could get me some other dish on the house but no, sorry, would rather have gone hungry; which I did.
My fiance ordered pasta with steak. He was so hungry by this time he would've eaten anything. So was I but again, dry pasta and no meat. Literally, no meat.
Gino's Leeds was not a restaurant I'd ever visit again. I was told it wasn't good but I don't listen to anyone until I decide myself, which you also must do. Don't listen to me, you decide.
For me, it was crammed full of tables for maximum profit, the food was horrific and the only good thing I will say is, the staff are great.
I think I'm done with chain celebrity chefs; unless, of course, Rocky Balboa opened up an 'Adrian's' ...