So I went to the Monks Table for dinner. I heard it was excellent fare and very traditional but high end.
A quick Google search has it as aamazing that were like shepherds pie, great traditional Currys, and amazing fish and chips, specifically that they use halibut for the fish and chips.
So I go with couple of friends, after reading the reviews we decide to go for those three things.
Half empty or Friday night at 7:15. Should've been our first clue. Were greeted right away which is nice.
We sit at corner table by front windows. They Have an awesome draft list, we all ordered three of the best beers we've ever had. We were disappointed that the server didn't know what IPA stood for, we thought that was odd for a beer bar of note.
So the server asked for our order and we order the shepherds pie, fish n chips, and a spicy curry, all of which we read in recent reviews such as foursquare etc.
No shepherds pie! They weren't sold out they just don't make it anymore. When we asked why we were given a confusing answer along the lines of "they can't prepfor it properly anymore".
Then we order the spicy curry, they don't make that anymore either. Again, the server sheepishly explains they don't prep for it anymore. And she recommends the chicken Teaka masala, which was very bland and flavorless.
We order the fish and chips which they said was halibut. I should say that I prepped at Rodneys oyster house in the kitchen for two years. I know halibut This was not halibut! This was perhaps basa or cod. Halibut has a nice thick meaty texture compared to cod which is flaky.
When my friend commented about the spicy curry not being available, he mentioned that it was a traditional pub dish in England. The server didn't seem to believe that. Anyone who knows pub fare or knows London knows the curry is the number one dish.
So to sum it up great beers, OK service, no shepherds pie, no spicy curry, and fake Halibut.