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Located asunder Alfred Dunhill in the Landmark Princes Building, Alfie’s attempt at creating a bespoke setting reminiscent of an English gentlman’s club rather results in a dark forboding room more akin to another type of English gentleman’s club. Darkness permeates with the use of dark leather, black marble tables and a black floor only adding to a sombre mood; large windows do little to alleviate the lack of light and closely nestled tables increase a claustrophobic ambience; an open bar adds some relief to the gloom but its constant stacking with used dishes is not what one expects from one’s club!
The gastro-pub has become a requirement of virtually every British village and the food in many is remarkable; Alfie’s seems stuck in the 1980’s and is delivering expected dishes without imagination or culinary excellence; a signature serving of fish and chips underwhelms not because it is poorly executed but simply because it lacks creativity to make it interesting; an expected batter was light and crispy and the flesh of the fish good, but when served with heavy chips without any crunch and a miniscule serving of stone cold mushy peas then the entire experience is not representative of England’s most famous dish. Bangers and mash was marginally better but most English clubs serve Cumberland or Lincolnshire sausages that burst with moisture when pricked; Alfie’s are a sad grouping of three, dare one say, European influenced sausages sat beside a mountain of over whipped mash potatoes and a severe lack of gravy. A failure to offer any vinegar, salt or English mustard further dampened the culinary excellence one demands from one’s club. A small selection of desserts and English cheeses completes a menu that may have impressed once but now leaves diners wondering “what’s it all about, Alfie”.
A resonable selection of new and old world wines with a good selection available by the glass; cocktails and beers are a good choice to accompany the more pub than club atmosphere of Alfie’s.
Indifferent service is never acceptable and Alfie’s offers this in abundance; with no one to greet you at the door and bar staff who just stare at you as you hover by the entrance standing upon a faded carpet littered with used tissues and crisps is simply laziness from staff who during the course of the evening failed to clear plates, failed to introduce meals, failed to offer any condiments and failed to even smile; Alfie’s staff are well connected to their smart phones and pay scant regard to their guests.
Dinner for two with glass wine will cost around HKD1,300 which reflects poor value for money based on the lacklustre cuisine and service that needs drastic improvement.