TriBeCa – Park Road

I have genuinely been staring at a blank screen for about 20 minutes trying to work out what I actually want to say about Tribeca. I’ll be honest I’m still not entirely sure.

Here’s my problem – I didn’t like it,  but I get why other people do……let me start at the beginning.

I have lots of friends who are really into food….like REALLY into food, when I ask people about TriBeCa about 75% say they don’t like it but the other 25% really love it. Being a big fan of trying things out for myself I decided to give it a go on Saturday morning with my parents and Mr G.

Exterior - Tribeca Park Road Apri 15

The decor is an odd mismatch of the classy cool vibe the Richmond had going and a cheap faux American dinner. The beautiful mirrors had been covered with pics of New York.  The cool industrial lighting of the Richmond is still there along with the ‘R’ mosaic at the front door, but dotted around the walls are American style posters and licence plates. The seats were comfy and the tables were large enough for the massive plates, but the tables are so squashed in that I had to apologise to 4 tables on my way out as I bashed every single one of them over the back of the head….so embarrassing and a cardinal sin in restaurants in my opinion.

Menu ribeca Park Road Apri 15

The staff were pleasant enough but slow. It took someone 10 minutes to come take our food order (there were only about 6 tables in) then our food took 40 minutes to arrive (yes FORTY!!) and then by the time we wanted the bill the restaurant was full and it was impossible to catch anyone’s eye to ask for it so we had to go to the counter to pay.

Latte Tribeca Park Road Apri 15

Here is where my real problem with TriBeCa comes in…..I had heard things about the pancakes being served out of the TriBeCa restaurants, but never one to believe stories or hype I decided to ask them directly so I could hear straight from the horse’s mouth. Now on the menu they are described as ‘Fresh Buttermilk Pancakes’ – I asked the waitress if they’re made fresh to order? The response – No, they’re reheated! My issue is this, they are not selling fresh pancakes they are selling reheated pancakes so I feel the menu is lying to me right off the bat.

As a result I won’t score the menu (as you can see in my pic above, my copy of the menu had seen better days!!) because they are not offering fresh pancakes and it is in fact being very loose with the truth which I have a pretty big problem with.

I ordered the breakfast 5 egg omelette which consisted of sausage, bacon, hash brown & ranch dressing with toast. I asked for the ranch dressing on the side. After the 40 minute wait it eventually appeared and the portions were MASSIVE! In the omelette were 2 cut up cheap pork sausage, I have zero issue with this because I quite like cheap pork sausages, 2 rashers of well cooked bacon and 2 frozen hash browns and this was served with 2 door stopper sized pieces of toast. The omelette was slightly over cooked which left it rubbery but it was alright and I could eat it again.

Omlette Tribeca Park Road Apri 15

My ranch design never appeared, but I never realised this until after I was finished so while I never got it I never brought it to anyones attention either – easy mistake to make which I am sure would have been quickly rectified had I asked for it.

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I take you back to start of the post, I can see why some people really love Tribeca – it’s all about quantity and style which a lot of people enjoy, the size of the portions were massive and it really sells into the American breakfast thing us Brits love. To be fair the food wasn’t awful so please don’t think it was, I actually have no strong feelings on the food I neither liked it or disliked it.

The pricing was okayish my omelette was about £9 I think, Pa Geek actually paid for breakfast so I never saw the bill but he said for 4 breakfasts and 5 drinks he paid about £45 – £50 which for the sheer volume of food was an okay price I feel.

Tribeca just seriously didn’t float my boat in the slightest..I’m with the 75% I’m afraid, I’d much rather visit The Drake, Left Bank, Stravaigin or Enjoy which are all within a minutes walk and all doing far better food.

Which sadly leaves me scoring TriBeCa a rather middle of the road 5/10 

Tribeca Score Card


(11) Comments

  • nickymccomb
    13th April 2015 at 9:57 am

    The review doesn’t seem to match up with the 5 star rating the restaurant has been given. After reading it, I definitely wasn’t expecting to see 5/5!

    • Pam G
      13th April 2015 at 10:08 am

      Well I think it’s middle of the road Nicky, as I said it was really hard for me to work this one out. I grade on 10 stars tho so it’s actually 5/10. I did toy with giving 0 for the menu which would have brought it down to a 4 but i decided not to.
      I feel 5/10 is perhaps slightly generous for my views but as I said I can see why people would like it.

    • Laura stim
      13th April 2015 at 5:27 pm

      He rates things out of 10 so 5/10 is very middle of the road.

  • Patricija
    13th April 2015 at 10:13 am

    I so agree with you. I went there last month with my boyfriend and experience was very similar to yours. Menus looked a bit messy, staff was quite slow and food was ummm – okay(?). We had to ask to take our order, to bring water, to get the bill, to pay the bill and we were sitting next to the bar, where all the staff was all the time, so no excuses of not noticing us can be made! I didn’t know that pancakes were reheated, but now I can understand the dry taste of them as well as almost untouched plate of pancakes left by the people sitting next to us. I know the portion size can justify the price, but is that really necessary? I’m in those 75% too, as the place just didn’t cut it, especially in Glasgow West End with its amazing food and drink place offers.
    Patricija xx

  • Philippa Warford
    13th April 2015 at 3:50 pm

    That’s such a shame! I’ve only been once, and although my smoked salmon bagel was stale-ish, the milkshakes are INCREDIBLE! But they are kind of expensive, at least for a thrifty student haha. 🙂

  • Creezy
    14th April 2015 at 10:06 am

    I actually don’t understand how someone can write so much yet say so little.
    Also, proof read, please.

  • Creezy
    14th April 2015 at 10:08 am

    And I know you’re not going to post these because you moderate them all and you’re obviously not going to respond to criticism, but please if you’re going to write then you need to actually try. These reviews literally never say anything beyond “it was nice”.

    • Pam G
      14th April 2015 at 10:15 am

      Okay well first off the bat, unless someone is outrageously rude I post all comments on the blog.
      Let me address your points for you – Yeah I am awful at proof reading and editing, not much more I can say on that.
      I feel in this blog that I have very much stressed that I didn’t like the restaurant, I don’t like to be mean for the sake of being mean – if you are looking for that kind of blog there are certainly plenty around to be found.

  • jessicamaye
    14th April 2015 at 10:58 am

    Walked past this spot to get to the Left Bank one morning during my recent visit to Glasgow (from Belfast) – glad I didn’t go in now! I really wanted to stop by and say thank-you for putting together a great guide to food in the city – we visited Ox & Finch, the Left Bank and Bread Meats Bread all on recommendations I’ve read here and would have had a seriously tough time finding the better spots for food without this blog! Keep up the great work!

    • Pam G
      14th April 2015 at 11:01 am

      Thanks Jessica, that’s so kind of you. Those are some amazing spots you hit while you were in the city. Glad you enjoyed them all as much as I do 🙂 I was in Bread Meats Bread last night actually…’s SO good. x

  • Laura Simpson
    5th May 2015 at 6:35 pm

    I felt the same when we went to the Dumbarton Road one. Service was unnecessarily slow and the burgers tasted cheap. We couldn’t get anyone’s attention to order more drinks even although there were two waiters on to serve 5 tables. Far better places in Glasgow!

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