Friday, 2 December 2011

Cardamom Black Opening

I was invited to attend the opening of Cardamom Black in Harrogate yesterday evening.  I wasn't told much about the event in the invitation to it, and assumed it would be a smallish gathering of press/bloggers etc.  It was actually an evening of shmoozing and being seen for the Harrogate Glitteratti.

We arrived at Cardamom Black and patiently waited to give our names and be told what was happening.  It was absolutely heaving in the bar area, so we were asked to go upto the restaurant and find a seat and told that food would be served at 8pm.  

I walked into the main restaurant and was amazed at how sparkly and lavish it was.

The restaurant area filled up very quickly and a large, noisy group sat next to us.  Phil went to get us some drinks and we chatted and enjoyed a few canapés.  We were also entertained by a magician, and I almost saw some dancing until it became too crowded to see!  

8pm came and went and I decided to head to the bar and ask the girl from the PR agency what was happening.

I waited for at least 15 minutes at the bar, and was completely ignored whilst other people's orders were taken.  I was a bit annoyed by that, but being short it can happen quite a lot to me.  I had a word and found out it would be a buffet that was being served.

A buffet when there's at least 300 people at the opening - chances of there still being food there after queueing for an age - slim to none.

The owner tried to give a speech, which I really wanted to listen to and find out more, but he was drowned out by the group next to us talking loudly, and most of the rest of the room talking.  Incredibly rude in my book especially considering everyone was eating and drinking for free.  Very disrespectful.

That was the final straw for me, and after a brief trip to the incredibly posh, glamorous loos I decided to leave.   I can't deny that the atmosphere and buzz about the place was great, but it seemed that people were there more to be seen and schmooze than actually find anything out about the restaurant, or be bothered about the food.

The restaurant interior is probably the most bling I've ever seen a restaurant interior be, it certainly has the wow factor.  I can image it would be very good for weddings and functions.  I would have loved to have tried some food but really couldn't face a chaotic queuing session, or put up with the crowds for any longer.  I think it was a bit of a wasted opportunity for me really, if I'd known what it was actually going to be I possibly wouldn't have gone.  But I suppose I should learn from that and ask more questions about what's going to be happening!  That being said I hope I'm not sounding ungrateful for the invitation. I'm always very honoured to be contacted and invited to events.

Best of luck to the owners of Cardamom Black, I hope the restaurant is a fabulous success and that everyone who enjoyed the hospitality and generosity last night become regular customers.

Update - I reviewed Cardamom Black in January 2012