We’ve reviewed 777 Mexican restaurant here before, so I didn’t have a review in mind when I went for a group meal there on Saturday last. One of my dearest and oldest friends Clare had her hen party there, and the food turned out to be so tremendous I wanted to quickly post about it here. When you go in a group of six or more (there were about 14 of us), you get given the group menu which is about €35 per head.
The advantage of the group meal is that you get brought platters of lots of different dishes and so get to try a wide variety of their food. We got chips with guacamole and hot sauce; tacos and tostadas with chicken, prawn or beef; incredibly delicious grilled corn on the cob; platters of steak, chicken and ribs; and a dessert each. Huge amounts of food, all very very tasty, and none of the tragic food envy you get when your friends’ dishes look better than yours.
The disadvantage of the 777 group meal however, is that 777 ask for a cancellation fee of €30 per head if people cancel less than 24 hours in advance. As one Broadsheet.ie reader found out, their Christmas bookings have an even more punitive rule applying this charge for anything cancelled less than five days in advance.
What do you think? Do you think it’s too extreme, or fair enough given that cancellations cause problems for restaurants? Would you make a group booking with terms like this, knowing that if something goes wrong you could be hundreds of euro in a hole?