More of a nightmare!! Poor service, slow service, food not as described, how’s that for starters?
OK finally got round to completing this one. As regular readers of my various social media missives will now I love Agios Stefanos (NW Corfu)! It’s my second home. The mix of sun, sea, sand, scenery, food and friends – from home and from there, all work together to make a heady mix that soothes and stimulates the senses – at the same time.
But it isn’t perfect – and we all know that – even if on “some other places” you aren’t allowed to say so!! It’s like the buildings – there are loads that they just haven’t got round to completing yet. They have excellent, long term disputes about stuff – hey, the Avliotes by-pass has actually been totally completed – even down to 50kph speed limit that totally nobody respects!
The Greeks have a more relaxed attitude to life, although when they are speaking to each other you’d think the 3rd world war is about to break out – but relax, it won’t, it’s cool.
That said there are 4 things this year that aren’t perfect – there maybe more but hey; I didn’t experience them…anyway.
- The litter – guys you really, really need to sort this one out. Even the temporary refuse stores you guys put in place to cope with things while the negotiations continue are overflowing – literally onto the road near to Kassiopi.
- The weed on the beach – not the lack of long haired dope sellers but the naturally occurring weed that just keeps on coming. You need to be a bit quicker in rounding that up and disposing of it – the likes of Mistral and the Waves had their beach fronts blighted by build up of weed and then by the tyre tracks from the digger.
- Vehicles on the road – there are way more than just a couple of years ago. Some of them, these new quad-bikes, are the size of small cars themselves and seemingly driven by complete novices with no regard for other road users. The parking coming into Afionas is now mental – one Sunday we simply turned around! And it’s not as if the restaurants up there are benefiting – the visitors weren’t in them!
- The service at Summer Dreams.
This last one was not good at all. It’s turned into a pizza place with a fancy new pizza oven clearly on display. Unfortunately the service wasn’t as new and sparkling. To start with when we ordered – one of our party likes chilli (a lot) and asked for extra chillies on his choice of pizza. It already had chillies in the list of ingredients.
When the waitress said “are you sure” he naturally replied Yes – this is man with a cast-iron stomach. An hour later after we’d chased them for service and when the pizzas finally arrived the foreheads of 2 of the party showed signs of distress.
On further investigation of the pizza we discovered that instead of extra chillies the tomato base appeared to have been replaced by lashing of hot chilli sauce! I mean of course the rest of us were howling with laughter but in all seriousness this was a reckless piece of work by the restaurant. You either get your menu written up correctly informing the customer that this has chilli sauce on it and is already very hot or you start behaving responsibly. This felt like someone trying to get their own back on customers.
Now ok it may have been a genuine mistake but it wasn’t the only one. I ordered a pizza with Parmesan and rocket. From my recollection Parmesan doesn’t melt in quite the same way that say Cheddar does and rocket isn’t invisible…
While we were waiting for our food to arrive I heard someone who had ordered a take-away asking where it was…and the poor girl behind the bar was not being helped by the other two waiting staff – they just stood around waiting for her to complete each individual order..
And with no expectations about service times being set by the waiting staff I’m sorry Summer Dreams but you do not get a recommendation this year. Hopefully by next year you will have sorted things out – I’d like all my meals to be fantastic!