“ 32, High St, Crieff, Perthshire PH7 3BS. Tel:01764 656575 „
Four of us decided to try out the local paparazzi restaurant. What an experience! My husbands pizza was burnt around the edges although he says the middle was tasty enough. My chicken dish with a sauce came as a round piece of dried chicken with a pizza on top. Our friends meal was also not up to standards. Not cooked properly and vegetables looked like they had seen better days. All of us being local were very disappointed and even although we told the waitress it was not edible we half expected the chef to come out and ask what the problem was. This did not happen and therefore very unprofessional. Anyway we did not starve and we did move on to another restaurant where it was great. It is a great shame because the interior is beautiful and relaxing. Perhaps one day it will be different. Hope so!
This has to be the worst meal I've ever attempted to eat! two of us ordered the salmon(which was hardly visible under the skin!) the citrus cream sauce amounted to a teaspoon,there was three halved potatoes which were a disgusting grey colour and the broccoli looked like it had been overcooked but you were unable to cut it with the knife! My friend ordered the pollo chicken with a tomato and mozzarello sauce!when it appeared it looked like one ofthese cheap kids pizza's that you can buy at most supermarkets for 55p.Needless to say we didn't stay and refused to pay,even though we were asked if we wanted to look at the sweet menu!!!! shame because it is a very plasant restaurant to sit in!!!TERRIBLE FOOD THOUGH!!!
I would, with out a doubt, not ever eat here again. Putting aside the fact that I am a "foodie" by nature and profession, what we were presented with that evening was appauling and rather concerning.
Our starters, garlic mushrooms(over cooked, chewy and in some sort of gravy that had no dissernable garlic in it), A bruschetta (this consisted of three slices of chiabatta bread with chopped tomato, cucumber,and grated cheese) and a antipasto platter (pre packaged cured meats, 2 slices of three different ones and cheep pitted green olives) were all over 5 pounds each and highly dissapointing.
Our main courses were even worse. My daughter ordered the orange duck which i can only say was completely raw in the middle. After watching her and I attempt to saw through it the previously overly concerned waitresses then ignored us. (Since there were only two other people in the dinning room at the time, they had each asked us twice during our starters if everything was alright.) The orange sauce smelled of beans and her broccoli had been over cooked then reheated on a grill. (the underside of all the florets were burnt)
I had a pizza. Now being that there is another rather wonderful Italian wine bar/deli in the town, (unfortunatly they do not have evening hours during the week) I had expected this pizza to be of the same quality. This was not the case.
I can only say I was highly dissapointed and frankly found that the lack of a manager would have ment complaining at the time would have been useless.
I will not recomend this place to anyone I know.
Whilst on a little half term break to Scotland, my husband and I needed a restaurant that wasn't too far from our accommodation, particularly since the weather was terrible, and we didn't fancy trying to drive along small country twisty roads in the dark that were most likely flooded from all the rain that we endured whilst on our break. The little town of Crieff was not too far from our accommodation, and having arrived in the afternoon to look around, we eyed out the Paparazzi Bistro for our meal that night. We weren't looking for a fancy meal, just something filling, that was reasaonbly priced in nice surroundings.
As we were walking around Crieff earlier in the day, we had looked at the menu for the Paparazzi bistro, and thought that it looked very good with quite a range of italian style meals at reasonable prices. So later that day, we decided to try it out.
Although we were quite sharp there was no other customers inside, which we found quite concerning, although there was a nice warm atmosphere inside, the restaurant, although quite small, was well decorated, with each table having a table cloth. We were offered a seat at the window, which in a slightly raised seating area, and we enjoyed a meal by candlelight.
The waiter was extremely attentive with drinks, and showed us the menu. This is when we got a slight shock, as instead of the vast array of food that we had looked at on the menu outside, this was predominately a pizza menu, with only handful of other italian options, which were in the region of £12 +. We discovered later that the menu we had read outside was in fact the day menu, and we were being offered the evening menu which starts at 5pm and is based on a more a la carte menu, which we thought quite strange., as there were any number of meals on the day menu which would have been suitable on an evening menu. Anyhow, not ones to make a fuss, we were both happy to opt for a pizza each, which was very reasonably priced, all of them under £10. We also ordered a plate of fries between us.
The paparazzio bistro, although we had never heard of them have a chain of restaurants throughout the Uk. According to their website, the paparazzi bistro chain pride themselves on always offering the best handmade authentic meals using only the freshest ingredients, with high standards of cleanliness on their premises, offer good value for money and have well presented, friendly and efficient stafff. I have to say that I can concur to seeing or experiencing all these.
Whilst waiting our meal, other people began to come into the restaurant, and it soon got very busy, although at no point did we feel that we couldn;t speak, as there was soft background muysic playing, and wait staff kept themselves busy, so we felt very relaxed, and able to sit and talk. Both hubby and I also took the opportunity of visiting the toilets while waiting, and we both came out saying how nice they were in terms of decor and cleanliness.
Our pizza's were an excellent size, perfect as a meal for one, along with some delicious fries. Hubby and I chose different pizza, and we were both impressed with how delicious they were and so flavoursome. We were so full after our pizza, that we didn't (for once!) try out any of the desserts on the menu, so I cannot comment on these.
All in all, if you are either in Crieff, or see a Paparazzi bistro somewhere, I would recommend that you try it out. The food was very reasonably priced, we felt we got good value for money. It was delicious, and relatively quite at being served. Staff were very efficient without being in your face, and we even though we were in a quiet restaurant to being with, we felt we could relax and talk. We would both be happy to go here again, and particularly like to sample the day menu, which had a lot more choice. All in all, a great eating experience in Crieff!!