Rant or rave – your say

Re­view score at odds with com­ments

Central Otago Mirror - - OPINION -

‘‘[Som­breros] are get­ting peo­ple stam­ped­ing through the door . . . great plates of yummy food’’ – Grant Bryant, Mir­ror Oc­to­ber 16. That is what I would like to get from your reporter’s re­cent re­view of our restau­rant. That is the synop­sis that makes more sense than the 5.5 out of 10 based on Grant Bryant’s re­view. I have to ad­mit that I got a shock to see 5.5 out of 10. I quickly scanned the re­view to find the cause of this hatchet job score. Had we dropped food in this poor chap’s lap, had we in­sulted his taste buds, had we cheated him on his bill? No, he liked the food so much he chose to take the re­main­der of his gen­er­ous-sized meal home and en­joyed it for lunch the next day. Grant en­joyed the mar­gar­i­tas too, they ‘‘to­tally hit the spot’’. He even for­gave the ap­a­thetic ser­vice of one wait­ress as it was made up for by ‘‘a lovely at­ten­tive Scot­tish lass’’. The key to Mir­ror’s scor­ing of a restau­rant is based on food, ser­vice and at­mos­phere which ac­cord­ing to Grant’s writ­ten re­view we pretty much ticked all those boxes and then some! When did Grant get to add in­no­va­tion, flair and think­ing out­side the box into the scor­ing sys­tem? – be­cause of this new cri­te­ria, ‘‘Som­breros gets no points but earns heaps for great big plates of yummy food’’. . . 2/4 is not heaps Grant, and ‘‘the buzz on a week night lead­ing into Queen­stown’s dreaded shoul­der sea­son was pretty im­pres­sive’’ . . . earned a 1 out of 2 for at­mos­phere? Apart from the sched­uled paint­ing of the ex­te­rior and the tweak­ing of the menu to ac­com­mo­date the chang­ing sea­son, we will not be jump­ing on board the in­no­va­tion train. So the good news is that when Grant’s par­ent-in-law re­turn they can rest as­sured that they will be able to en­joy the bur­ri­tos that went down such a treat on this visit. Drew Harmer, Owner/ Man­ager, Som­breros Mex­i­can Cantina The Mir­ror stands by its restau­rant re­views which are con­sis­tently judged as one of the most pop­u­lar fea­tures in this news­pa­per by our read­ers. How­ever, in this case we be­lieve the scor­ing was harsh and have since up­graded Som­breros to a 7.5, a score more in keep­ing with its food, ser­vice and at­mos­phere and our own judg­ing cri­te­ria. Apolo­gies, team. Ed­i­tor

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