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Not everyone knows this, but the worldwide phenomenon that is Hard Rock Cafe was actually begun in London in 1971. Today there are 4 cafes located on the UK mainland. They are London, Cardiff, Edinburgh & Manchester. There have been cafes previously in Leeds & Nottingham although they are both now closed.
Hard Rock Cafes are bar restaurants with a Music theme. They tend to display musical instuments & outfits belonging to loads of famous faces from the music industry all around their cafes. They have a generic menu which is the same in all their restaurants. It tends to focus on American Diner cuisine & has lots of steaks, burgers & sandwiches. Their meals tend to be very hearty & very filling. The do offer starters, main courses & desserts although most people will be happy with just a main meal. Two courses are too much for a lot of people & I think that three courses are beyond all but the most hardened over eaters! I have eaten at their restaurants in the UK, France & America & I have always enjoyed my meal. One down side to the generic menu though is that it is the same price here in pounds as it is in America in Dollars meaning the US get much cheaper prices.
Along with their food, they sell a wide range of merchandise that bears the cafe chains logo & the name of the cafe where you bought the item. The range includes glasses, T-shirts, Hats, Jackets, Drum Sticks & Collectible Pins which are very popular & have a club of collectors dedicated to collecting. They do have lots of very nice items & I do have some of their merchandise from various locations.
I would recommend eating in any of their cafes. They have a unique & lively atmosphere. The food might be Americana but it still pretty varied with lots of options & they even from time to time have live bands or other live entertainment.
As I live all the way up north in sunny Sunderland I sadly don't have a Hard Rock Cafe anywhere near me, but like to go when I can if I'm in London or Edinburgh. This review is mainly based on the London Hyde Park one, the original Hard Rock Cafe in the world.
This Hard Rock Cafe is located very near to Hyde Park Corner Tube station and so very easy to access. On arriving you see the imposing front of the building, complete with the Hard Rock motto of Love All, Serve All. Out the front is a seating area. When you get there just head up the red carpet, where you will find one of the massive team of staff waiting to seat you.
I've been on a couple of occasions to the London Hard rock Cafe, and how long you have to wait for a table largely depends when you go. On our most recent visit we were shown straight to a table as it was mid afternoon on a Sunday. However, we last visited before this in the week before Christmas, when the nearby Hyde Park has it's Christmas market thing on. This time we were given a handheld vibrating alert thing to tell us when our tbale would be ready, and advised it was likely to be up to an hour. The handheld thing works outside in the patio area, and in the Hard Rock Shop so after a browse we bought some cocktails and sat outside, so the wait wasn't too bad. Even though it was December the
heaters made it not too cold!
When you are shown to your table in the restaurant, the atmosphere of the place really hits you. There are several T.V. screens around the cavernous room of the main restaurant playing videos corresponding to the rock music being played. I found it loud but not intrusive - you can still hear people talk. the walls are covered in some really cool rock memorabilia - each cafe has a massive range of things which must be worth a small fortune!
We were presented with the menus, and decided to indulge ourselves with cocktails. Now these aren't cheap at around £6 for the very cheapest. However, they are well worth it - they are at least double the size of a regular cocktail and I felt tipsy after one they are so strong! I chose strawberry diaquiri, while my boyfriend had electric ice tea. Both were delicious, and we ended up sharing! One thing hard rock cafes do is a range of cocktails in souvenir glasses, which are quite cool but rather expensive at about £10-12.
Onto the food - I'm always torn when it comes to this as there is so much I want to try! On my last visit my boyfriend and I both went for the classic Hard Rock Cafe cheeseburger and chips. Experience told us starters would be too much, although there is a great range to be had. We've tried the loaded skins before, and they were delicious.
Our food arrived, and I was impressed. Very good size portions, a lovely big meaty burger served with skin on fries. The burger came with the usual salad and pickles, and your own choice of cheese (I went for Jack and Swiss, a lovely combination!). The food arrived quickly considering the place was busy - around a 20 minute wait which was fine, and when it came it was hot and fresh. I'd also recommend the fajitas to anyone, though would perhaps advise sharing them with a couple of sides as the portion is so huge it comes on 3 separate plates!
With no room for dessert we asked for the bill which arrived promptly. I think it was around £30 for the two of us, which was good value. Eating at Hard Rock Cafe is more than just a meal, more like an experience so it's worth paying a bit extra.
The service in the Hard Rock Cafe really sets it apart. The waiting staff know their menu inside out, and really go out of their way to be friendly and welcoming. None of them ever seem to be having a bad day, which is tribute to their professionalism in what must be a very tiring job! Aside from having to repeat my request for mayonnaise (no big deal, and the staff were really apologetic) the service we have received whenever we visited Hard Rock Cafes has been exemplary.
As a side note, a friend of mine hosted her 21st at Edinburgh Hard Rock, and this was brilliant. The food was platters of mini portions of Hard Rock Food, and the staff couldn't do enough for the party guests.
Overall, Hard Rock Cafe is one of my favourite places to eat when I'm on my travels. I'm kind of glad there isn't one near me or I would be permanently broke and hugely fat!
One of the best things about the Hard Rock Cafe is that whereever you go the format and the menu are roughly the same, so you know what you are getting and roughly what the prices will be like. It is almost a home from home!
I didnt try the Hard Rock cafe sooner as I was never really into Rock Music and I thought that was what it was all about. I was sort of right, it does feature quite heavily around rock music, but there is something for everyone and your experience certainly wont be ruined if you are not interested in rock music. Rock music plays relatively loudly in the restaurant itself, but if you look past that and just soak up the atmosphere (mostly created byt hose who love the music) then you will have a great time.
Each hard rock cafe I have been to consists of a shop (to buy gifts and souveniers, these include badges, glasses and clothing). There is also a main restaurant dining area and a bar that you can sit at. Often the bar area is quite small.
The menu is almost like fast food, but is quite extensive. It includes lots of meaty dishes, burgers, ribs etc. It also includes pastas, nachos and salads. The quality of the food is not amazing, but it is good and you know what you are getting.
For me, my favorite part is the bar. The drinks menu is unrivalled, I have never seen so many cocktails, alcocholic and non alcoholic in my life. All the ones I have tried have been delicious, and I have been back time and time again for the pickled tink, its a personal recommendation. Another plus side about the experience, is that with some drinks you pay a little extra and you get the glass free. The glass comes with the name of the location on, and Im making it my mission to collect as many as I can from all over the world!
Three years ago, we stayed in New York for around 5 months. During our time here, we came across various different restaurants and cafe's and sampled many culinary delights, ranging from crab to the usual cheeseburgers and chips. One restaurant we were planning on dining out in was the Hard Rock Cafe, however the night we had planned to go, on arriving we were sent away due to the fact we would have to weight 1 hour fifteen minutes to get a table. It was around 7pm at this time and with young children in to we decided to give up and we went off to the neareset pizza joint.
Ever since the experience in New York, I have been determined to sample the food at the Hard Rock Cafe. I was totally oblivious to the fact there was one situated in Edinburgh, a fourty five minute drive or a 30 minute train ride from my house.
So a couple of weeks back, me, my mum and the two boys had enjoyed a family fun day in Edinburgh, shopping, sight seeing and taking lots of photo's of each other! We had just popped into a cafe for our lunch and had chosen a simple bowl of soup and a sandwich each so we decided to do something "special" for tea. We searched around for a suitable dining place, mostly looking for a little italian or a special chinese buffet, however when we set eyes on THE HARD ROCK CAFE, we knew, without a doubt this was the place to eat out.
The Hard Rock Cafe is situated on George Street in Edinburgh and is extremely difficult to miss; a huge sign outside the door willing people in. As we were on foot, we didn't have to find a parking space, however if you do happen to drive then you may have to hunt around for a parking space. Usually the spaces in the street around are full, so you may have up to a fifteen minute walk to reach the restaurant. The outside of the restaurant was fairly attractive, nothing too special, but the sign post made it quite luring!
We arrived at the "cafe" around 6.20pm. It was fairly busy and there was a small queue at the front of the restaurant. We only had a five minute wait however and the waiter was very apologetic. We were asked by the cheerful looking man, how many of us would like to dine and when we told him four, he took us through to a table nearing the back of the restaurant. To reach our seats we had to walk past the bar. It was quite a friendly environment, and some "jolly" people were sitting round the bar having a laugh with the bar tender.
The restaurant was fairly attractive. If I remember correctly the floor was dark wood and the walls were a wooden too. I would have expected the restaurant to be dark and dinjy however the lights on the roof and all through the eating area were very high power and made the place look bright, but with a great "dark" atmosphere too. Our table was very roomy and probably could have seated two more people. The chairs weren't the comfiest but they were more than bearable, wooden with a red cushion attatched to the "bum area". The table was wood but was covered in a red table cloth, matching the cushions on the seats. On the table were a knife and fork for everybody, a red napkin, salt and pepper pots and some sugar and milk.
Sitting at our table we got a great view of the whole restaurant. It was fairly busy, and there were only about four tables which weren't accompinied by people. It was mainly families dining in the restaurant however there were a couple of couples enjoying a romantic meal too. However, I wouldn't recommend this place for a romantic meal for two due to the noise. There were a couple of toddlers and babies in the dining area which meant there was a real yabble going on. Luckily there were no toddlers running around, perhaps due to the fact the Hard Rock Cafe, or this particular one provides high chairs. The high chairs didn't look to comfortable though, dark wooden without a cushion.
We had only been sitting at our table for around two minutes when the same man who showed us to our table reappeared. He asked if we would like to order drinks and we agreed. My brothers and I quickly opted for a glass of coke, my mum decided to study the drinks menu further.
The drinks were printed on a seperate page of the menu and displayed alot of choice. From soft drinks such as lemonade and coca cola, cocktails, wines, and other alchoholic drinks. My mum opted for a red wine and as soon as we had ordered our drinks waiter darted off to fetch us our refreshments. He returned around 4 minutes later with a tray. The glasses of coke were huge, and my mum was thrilled with the size of the glass of red wine. The waiter told us somebody would be over shortly to take our orders for our starters, so we began studying the menu, deciding what to chose. This caused a lot of problems. There was a huge choice, including; potato skins stuffed with cheeses, bacon and herbs and spices, and nachos which were described as being loaded with cheese and served with a lovely salsa. Aswell as the individual starters, Hard Rock has a special "group starter" which is a combination of all of the delicious starters, perfect for sharing. We decided to buy 3 starters and share them between us.
We opted for cheese garlic bread, potato skins and onion rings. After placing our order, they only took around five minutes to come which was a bonus.
The portions were big, but not huge and we did manage to polish almost everything off. The onion rings were gorgeous, however they were very greasy and it was obvious they had been fried and weren't very healthy. The garlic bread was delicious and surprisngly un-greasy, it did have a very cheesy taste to it but still tasted of a lovely garlic bread. The potato skins were scrumptious too but probably my least favourite out of the three, they were extremely cheesy and very strong. My brother enjoyed most of these! It took us around 15 minutes to polish off our starter and almost immediatly another waiter, this time a red haired girl came over to take our main course orders.
The main course choices are endless, mainly american type dishes. The options are huge, ranging from burgers, pasta dishes and salads. There was a huge choice of burgers, including cheese burgers, triple cheese burgers (etc), big whoppers- topped with bacon, cheese etc, and the regular hamburger among the various. Pasta dishes included macaroni cheese, and chicken pasta, and the salads included caesor salads and chicken salads. There was also a choice of sandwiches and toasties, all served with fries and salad, among these were club sandwiches, and the basic cheese and ham toasties. The choice was so big we didn't know where to start.
In the end I opted for the cheese burger, served with chips and a salad (in dressing). Brother no.1 choose the macaroni cheese which again came served with chips, and brother number two chose the calafornia chicken club sandwich which yet again came served with chips and a dressed salad. My mum pondered for longer over what to choose, but in the end she opted for the fahitas.
After placing our order we had to wait around fifteen minutes on our order. In these fifteen minutes, we ordered a second round of drinks and they arrived around 4 minutes later.
When the main courses arrived, we were absolutly thrilled (again) with the portion sizes, they were huge!
My cheeseburger meal was gorgeous. The burger was juicy and moist, and was topped with 4 slices of scrumptious cheese, and had a choice of tomato sauces, mayonnaises and mustards in a little pot on the side of my plate. The fries were scrumptious too, they were fairly chunky, and didn't feel to greasy. I didn't touch the salad as i'm not too keen on dressings, however it consisted of lettuce, cucumber and rather soggy looking tomato. The dressing was a brown sort of colour, quite horrible looking actually.
Brother number 1 was thrilled with the macaroni cheese meal he had ordered. It was roasting hot when it arrived which was a good thing, and it actually took him five minutes to easily eat it. Apparantly it was really cheesy but not strong cheese which suited him perfectly. The chips were the same as mine, and the mac cheese meal didn't come with salad. Not that he would have eaten it anyway.
Brother number 2 is slightly more picky when it comes to food, so he was slightly anxious about what his meal would entail. The chicken club sandwich was on toasted white bread, mounted high in chicken, bacon and some salad. He picked the salad off but otherwise he was very pleased with his meal, again the chips and salad were the same.
My mum, like us all was absolutly amazed by the high quality of her food. The fahitas came on a large brown tray, a bit like make-your-own-meal. She was provided with four floured tortillas which were warm, and in two different pots was shredded chicken and what I think was shredded beef but I can't be sure. There were various other little pots too, including tomato salsa, sour cream and a green looking substance which she said wasnt very nice.
Our main courses were all delicious and we polished them all of without a word (minus the salad). After around half an hour the waiter came to collect our dishes and then arrived five minutes later with a dessert menu. We hadn't really even been considering dessert as we were all so satisfyed with our main courses but when the menu came our excuse was it was too rude not to order a sweet, so we studied the menu carefully.
The dessert menu was mouthwatering, each dessert sounding utterly scrumptious. The menu included crumbles, pies, sticky toffee puddings and such like. In the end I opted for the apple crumble which came served with ice cream. As brother number 2 wasn't very hungry after his huge main course, he simply ordered a bowl of chocolate ice cream with whipped cream (weird combination eh?) and brother number 1 chose a hot fudge brownie sundae, which consisted of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce, nuts, chocolate sprinkles and fresh whipped cream. Mother decided eventually on a fudge sundae.
When our desserts arrived we were a bit worried whether we'd be able to finish them as the portions were so large. The apple crumbe was steaming hot but the cool vanilla ice cream provided a nice contrast. The apple was sweet and crumble waas even sweeter, sprinked with brown sugar. It was a large portion but I eventually managed to finish it. Brothers both enjoyed there puddings, the ice cream brother number 2 had was still a large portion, even though it was the smallest dessert on the menu. Mother enjoyed her fudge sundae, which consisted of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce and walnuts, and some mixed fruit.
Brother number 1 didn't actually manage to finish all his pudding, but what he did have, he was singing its praises for a long while afterward.
After our meal we were all feeling stuffed so we decided it was time to go for a short walk, so we called on a waiter to bring over the bill. He arrived 5 minutes later with an ashtray looking dish containing a small peice of paper and 4 chocolate truffles. My mum will not tell me how much the meal cost but she does stress it wasn't a cheap meal out.
We would all thoroughly recommend eating out at the Hard Rock Cafe. The staff are really friendly, and the service was very quick even though it was fairly busy. The food is of high quality, delicious and almost always piping hot, with great choices and a wide variety of food and drink there is really something for everybody. I can't comment on whether there is a childrens menu as we didn't enquire however I think if there was, next time we go back brother number 2 might go for this as the normal menu was quite big and definitly too big for a younger child.
The HRC also sells merchandise in the restaurant in a small "shop". The shop sells things such as clothing, mugs, keyrings etc. We decided not to buy anything as the meal had been so expensive and the memorabilia was quite pricey too! They definitly know how to scam our money out of us.
My wife and I have lived in Edinburgh for about 1 yr, and have been meaning to go in to the Hard Rock cafe for ages. It was one of the first nice days of the year, and we had just been shopping for clothes for our 15 week old son.
The entrance is great you feel like a star entering a movie premier or awards ceremony, they have a red carpet and a big solid doorway with brass menu displays on either side.
When you walk in it is very much like an American style diner, with a big bar, and tables leading towards the open kitchen. On the far side there are some booths with smaller more intimate tables. We were greeted straight away and shown to a table, right in the middle, and immediately the staff showed how attentive they were by clearing a space for the buggy without being asked.
The menu is great, Loads of cocktails, great food, all seeming quite pricey, we ordered 2 long island ice teas, and when they arrived we realised why they were so priced, it was in a very tall glass, and the spirits they used were premium, they certainly do not cut corners. We ordered the Chilli to share as a starter which comes with tortilla chips, which was excellent, my wife had the battered fish sandwich, she was expecting a fishfinger sandwich, but it turned out to be a very large chipshop style haddock in batter in a bun, i had the pig sandwich having had the same many years ago at universal studios in florida, this was excellent, it is basically shredded pork with a barbecue sauce, the food was plenty.
Our only complaint was the heat, we first noticed it because our son started crying and we checked and he was roasting, we then realised we too were sweating as it was like a furnace in there, we asked the satff to adjust the air con, but they advised there was none, and it just get svery hot, they very kindly opened the front and back doors, because the weeman was really struggling, i had to take him outside a couple of times to cool down, but even so it was still really hot. In the end we wolfed down our main courses and paid up and left, which was a shame because we really wanted to stay and have a couple more drinks and enjoy the atmosphere with all the rock memorabilia.
It cost £30 for everything which wasn't bad considering the portions and the quality of the food, as well as the service, but we would have to think twice about visiting with the weeman again, especially in summer, because he was dangerously hot, and we were unable to relax because of this.
certainly worth a visit!!
The first Hard Rock Café in the UK was opened in 1971, in London on Hyde Park Corner – I remember my first visit to this restaurant in 1980, when I didn’t have to queue to get it, though there were many subsequent occasions when I did have to queued up. Their motto is “Love all serve all”, which displays their American / peace and love roots. And it’s true, you do feel welcome. Now that I live ‘oop North’, I’m still lucky enough to have a handy Hard Rock Café, as one opened in Manchester in 2001. It’s in the Printworks development, along with the filmworks megaplex cinema, and it’s easy to spot – just watch out for the huge shape of an electric guitar in lights. Whether its hamburgers, (or veggie burgers) or steaks or salads you’re after, served up with delicious fries, and in good-sized portions, you’ll be well catered for at the Hard Rock. Other main course choices on the menu include: Shrimp fajitas Homestyle meatloaf Portobello mushroom sandwich Pasta Onassis (feta cheese, tomato and olive sauce) Pasta Bolognaise Pork Sandwich Santa Fe pancake rolls Prices for main courses are around £8 to £10, and if you intend having more than one course you’ll need to allow around £15.00, much more if you wish to indulge in the alcohol (there’s a good choice of cocktails). Rock music videos play on the TV screens, and if you’re into a rockier version of MTV this should suit you. If not, well it’s best to avoid the place. It is called the Hard Rock Café, after all, what do you expect? The venue is very popular as a bar, and often gets busy in the evenings. There’s a special deal for Saturday night parties, whereby if you have a group of between 10 and 40 you can get a special 3 course menu, with a cocktail, which at £19.95 is good value. There’s also a DJ, and you can party until 2 a.m
. You even get a souvenir shot glass (with the Hard Rock Café logo on it, of course) to keep. The food isn’t cheap, especially if you think of what to many is a bog standard meal of burger and chips, but the food is very high quality, and the atmosphere is great. It’s the kind of place I feel comfortable, even at times dining there alone, I feel quite at home. You can buy T-shirts at the shop near the door, and if you think they’re getting a bit passé (it does sometimes seem as though everyone down the high street’s got one) there are other styles, polo shirts, and even non-clothing items such as badges and glasses. I’ve still got a T-shirt from my London visits in the early 80s and it’s still in one piece, very good quality – a little too small for me, but that’s another story… Opening hours 12.00 midday to 11.00 pm The bar is open till 2.00 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Menu details and maps at http://www.hardrock.com/locations/cafes/Cafes.asp?Lc=MANC
If you were listening to Radio 1 a few weeks back, you might have heard Victoria Beckham talking about a little place at the Printworks in Manchester. Yup, Posh Spice herself dines in my local Hard Rock Café. She might even have sat in the booth we did last time we were there, but that’s probably taking it a bit far. Never let it be said that I’m celeb crazy, but seeing as I’m the only person I know who hasn’t had a sighting recently, I feel my time is due. ~~ HISTORY ~~ The first Hard Rock Café opened in London over 30 years ago. Since then the corporation has expanded rapidly, now owning over 100 cafes, with nearly 30 million guests a year between them. They offer American food in a unique environment – eating your burger you can look around at the memorabilia and authentic, collectible merchandise that reflects the spirit of the city you’re in, making no two branches identical. ~~ MENU ~~ The menu is divided into sections, offering Starters, Salads, Sandwiches, Burgers, Smokehouse dishes, Specialties and Desserts. Sample items we’ve had over the years include cheese and potato skins, nachos, burgers, steak, huge BLTs and ice cream. The food is pretty fussy and not at all plain at times, but since their ethos is very much American, they’re usually more than happy to make adaptations to suit you. The drinks are huge, and soft drinks like coke come with free re-fills too. Their offering is pretty standard throughout the world, with only a few country variations. For a full menu listing, have a look at the website www.hardrock.com Whenever we’ve been the food has been served promptly and nice and hot too, not the luke warm you get in some places. ~~ LOCATIONS ~~ The HRC enterprise stretches to all 4 corners of the (civilized) world. There are branches in Australia, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Brail and Canada. Cayman, China and Co
lombia also deserve mentions, as do Denmark, Egypt, France and Germany. Holland has one, as do Hong Kong and Iceland, and Indonesia has two. If he chose to, the Pope could dine at the one in Italy and whoever’s in charge of Japan these days is spoilt for choice with their 7 restaurants. Lebanese people obviously have their priorities straight as there’s one in Beirut, and Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Micronesia, New Zealand and the Philippines are all HRC sites. Finally we have Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, and Sweden, with Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, the USA and the Virgin Islands rounding us off. Phew, I’m tired after all that. ~~ THE ADDITIONAL INFO~~ Most cafes have shops selling official HRC merchandise, so whatever your wish, from sweatshirts to ash trays, you’ll find them here. Often you get a discount on any purchases if you have a meal with them too. ~~ MY EXPERIENCE ~~ Having walked past the one in Paris and peered in the window of the one in Berlin, I finally went inside one in the wonderfully exotic city of Manchester. It wasn’t planned – the film we wanted to see wasn’t on, we had to make do with an Imax one instead and as a result finished 1.5 hours earlier than planned with 25 whining kids complaining that they were bored – but it was fun. There were 3 of us students and 5 kids with us (we left the others playing on the Dreamcasts upstairs, along with the other volunteers). We didn’t have time for, or even want, a full meal, and so we were seated in their bar area which is really just a collection of American-style booths back to back. (Most branches have this, a real bar (where you sit at the counter) and a restaurant-y area although again, this depends on the space available). We ordered, the food arrived, we ate. Everyone enjoyed it although some of the girls commented (complained?) about the size of
their dishes – the kids portions are surprisingly small. The staff were helpful – cleaning up when drinks were spilt, bringing extra things we decided to order mid way through the meal and so on. At the end they even let us get a receipt for the tip so we could claim it back (all expenses to do with volunteering are claimable, and that week I was feeling poor. We wanted to give them a good tip because the service had been great, ergo we did but then claimed it back) ~~ VERDICT ~~ Prices aren’t low and the food’s not that wonderful, but you’re paying for the setting more than what’s put in front of you. The service is speedy and with a smile and I’m glad I’ve been to one now, if only so that I know I don’t necessarily want to go back. It’s definitely a fun experience, but there’s no way you’d want to / be able to afford to eat there every week.
I have visited Hard Rock Café restaurants both in the UK and in Canada and USA. Basically they are very cleverly themed restaurants – you are surrounded by rock and pop memorabilia and blasted by loud music. The food is basically good standard American type fare and the menu rarely varies no matter where we have eaten (my husband invariably has the pulled pig sandwich!!). However I have found that the American style of the customer is always right has meant a much more pleasant dining experience when in the USA or Canada, compared with the two UK sites I have been to (London and Edinburgh). On the last few occasions I have been with my children and found the children’s menu disappointing. All kids meals come with apple sauce which I found a little strange. The cost of the children’s meal was a standard £5.50, which included a drink, souvenir cup and crayons. I felt that this was somewhat expensive and could hardly believe I’d been charged £11 for 2 children’s chicken and chips!! Of course you are supposed to enjoy the whole dining experience which we usually do but I think it’ll be some time before we are back at a Hard Rock Café.
Pay a visit. It’s well worth it. The staff are really friendly. The food was excellent and even though it was busy they don’t rush you. Excellent if you have children as they get free refills on soft drinks all the time you are there. It’s a trendy new building with great rock memorabilia. Stings scooter from Quadrophinia. Even you aren’t out for a meal I would recommend it for a drink with friends, as the music is good. They have big screen TV’s everywhere. You really do feel as though you are in America on holiday, until you step outside.
The Hard Rock Cafe, by a smart piece of marketing, is one of the most known brands in terms of restaurants/bars.. and the London one, is the original. The food is fairly standard, Tex-Mex style, particularly good on Burgers, but with a smattering of American-Mexican dishes, such as fajitas, and nachos. The portions are reasonably good, with the exception of the steak sandwich, which was possibly the largest chunk of steak I have ever seen served out of the US (9.99 in case you're interested!). People go to the Hard Rock, to say they have been, or to enjoy the ambience though, rather than to eat. Sometimes it seems the actual food might be an afterthough, almost, and the serving staff, though friendly in a not-too-intrusive way, did sometimes seem to be a little overworked and wanting to rush one on one's way. The prices aren't bad, about £15 a head, for two courses. The atmosphere is quite hip, but also remarkably loud, we found it quite hard to carry out a conversation, but I'm told it's quieter downstairs. The queues weren't too bad when we went either, on a Saturday lunchtime in summer. Of course, all kinds of rock/pop memorabilia adorn the walls, and there's a shop round the corner to buy as much merchandising as you can afford. Generally, it's not bad. You could probably eat better for the same price, but that's not really why people go. It's fun, and good for kids (they have a separate children's menu) and it's better than Planet Hollywood.. (in my opinion, anyway!).