Well that came around sooner than expected. Only a few days after my original blog on the Flamás restaurant in Hampton I found myself sitting around a table in the restaurant with friends and a Caipirinha (or three).
In case you didn’t know, Flamás is tucked away deep within the Hampton Vale estate on Four Chimneys Crescent (it’s not as much of a building site as the out of date map suggests) and is easy to get to from either the Fletton Perkins parkway or London Road (A15). If you can find your way to Tesco, you can get to Flamás.
So what’s good about Flamas?
Inside the restaurant is really well decorated, great lighting and some good music (although the CD kept skipping which became a little annoying). The bar is directly opposite the door and features a whopping great TV showing a roaring fire – a very nice touch.
We’d booked in advance and were shown straight to our tables where a member of staff gave us a quick break down of the food and drinks menu. This kind of attentiveness from the front of house staff continued throughout the night and was one of the highlights of our Flamás experience, definitely a credit to the restaurant.
For both food and drinks, Flamás delivered a fantastic variety so you’re not going to be stuck for choice even after your 3rd or 4th visit and generally the food served up was of good quality.
…and the not so good?
It’s never nice to criticise a restaurant where I’ve left having had a good night but I think there’s definite room for improvement.
We all agreed that the food wasn’t particularly good value for money, with some paying £12 for 6 cubes of steak on skewers which was incredible given a sirloin steak was only £2 more. Worst still was a £2.95 side order of Tostones ( deep fried Plantain) that ended up being just three small discs, which at £1 each were virtually tasteless.
In addition, we were offered ice cream or cream with our desserts but were not told that there would be a 50p surcharge for choosing ice cream.
The quality of the food was good, maybe a little ordinary but still good however there just wasn’t much of it. Had Flamás been in a city-centre location and was selling itself as an experience in fine dining, you might have excused them but as it’s not on both counts, I think they need to either increase portions or reduce the cost of the dishes.
I would have liked to have seen a dedicated seating area where people could enjoy drinks without having to dine, but the size of the restaurant limits that.
Flamás has all the right ingredients: decor, atmosphere, staff and staff but just needs that little bit more to set it apart from it’s city centre rivals. Latin American restaurants seem to be all the rage in Peterborough at the moment, first with CoCo and then Latinis so there is serious competition out there for Flamás.
Should you go to Flamas?
Yes, I would go back myself even with the issues I’ve raised. If you live in Hampton then absolutely try Flamás – you’ll get a great night out and can (probably) walk home.
Find Flamas at:
114 Four Chimneys Cresent,
Peterborough PE7 8FH
Telephone: 01733 241246
If you’ve been to Flamás then I’d love to hear what your thoughts are – just leave a comment below!