I went here for a meal last week. I have been to Bar Italia, the sister restaurant a few times, and really enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. When I phoned to book for Saturday, they were full, and so booked me a table for Bar Roma instead. There is not much comparison in the two, other than I think that Bar Roma seems bigger. Not sure if it actually is. I had a lovely pizza, and my boyfriend had pasta. The pizza, as in Bar Italia, was lovely. Really nice, genuinely italian tasting pizza. The crust is thin but soft, but not too doughy, and the tomato sauce is lovely, quite herby but if you like that then it is perfect. The cheese on top was the perfect amount, and on a whole, it tastes great. It really makes your mouth water. The pasta was in a tomato and basil sauce, and was lovely. The sauce was really tasty, the prefect mixture. Not too herby, not too tomatoey. And the pasta was cooked just slightly past Al Dente, so it wasn't too hard, but not too soft either. We then got some shots of sambuca, and the waiters gathered round to light them and egged us on, 3,2,1 GO!! The wiaters are all lovely, italian men, all very friendly and typically Italian flirty (am I being steroetypical...?!). They make the whole night a good one. There was a table next to us set for 10. Half way through our meal they came in, and there were 13 of them. Now, I have experienced this in other restaurants, too many people turn up then it is booked for, and the restaurants I have experienced can be very unaccomodating. Went for a chinese once and there were 2 extras, and rather than squeeze them in, they restaurant made them sit at another table at the other side of the restaurant. Just those two. Spoiled the night for them. Anyway, these people came in, and the waiters were more then happy to help. They pulled an extra table round, and fitted them in. Half way through, they brought out a dessert with a sparkle
r in it for the birthday girl, turned down the lights and everyone in the whole restaurant sang happy birthday to her. It was great. What a laugh! The prices are pretty reasonable too, with a meal for two, one starter, two main courses and one dessert to share, and a bottle of wine and four shots of sambuca, coming to £22.35. Very decent prices!! On the whole, very impressed. Definitely will return.
Since we have our daughter we gave up to go for diner at the restaurant because lots of places don' t offer any baby facilities and some are not baby friendly at all : few places refused to take our booking just for the reason that our baby of 13 months old at this time would be a nuisance to other customers. I obviously was a bit disappointed but certainly angry at the receptionnist who took the call. I can certify that not all the babies scream and yell but some are really cute and quiet. For my part i wouldn' t have wanted to go to the restaurant knowing that my baby will be more stress and troubles than anything else. So when my friend invited us to Bar Roma, she was really positive on the whole lot: food, staff, baby friendly, price,... When we got there, we had a table straight away and with a babychair. We had the opportunity to order first for the baby and the food came very fast. At the end of the meal, our daughter showed some signs of tiredness. We popped her down and she attracted the attention of everyone in the restaurant: clients and staff. I was happily surprised to see people dancing with her and enjoing. Nobody gave us a bad look. I have to say I am quite happy about that. The food in itself was rather good but I think some of their specialities need a bit of originality. But moneywise it is affordable. So if you have a baby or if you want to have a good time try Bar Roma.