Restaurant review: Tre Fratelli Italian restaurant


By - Wednesday 10th September, 2014

Joy Akwue-Butler investigates a new arrival – Italian restaurant Tre Fratelli in South Croydon


25-29 South End, Croydon, CR0 1BE
Time from East Croydon: 12 minutes / 5 minutes by 119, 466 or 312

Photo author’s own.

On Friday 22nd August I met up with my friend Michelle, who I hadn’t seen for some time,  so we had plenty of catching up to do! We decided to try out Tre Fratelli, the new family-run Italian restaurant that has recently arrived in South Croydon.

We had a warm friendly welcome from the waiter who showed us to our table. Tre Fratelli is large and modern and the interior is divided off into various sections so it is possible to hold a separate gathering, for example to celebrate a birthday, without other diners looking on. Michelle remarked how although spacious, the place felt quite ‘cold’. We didn’t have to wait too long before our waitress came to take our drinks order, Michelle ordered a port & lemonade (£4.30) and I had a large glass of pinot grigio (£6.30). We also asked for a jug of water.

We were both quite hungry so ordered our starters: Michelle had the scallops and tiger prawns (£7.90) and I had the asparagus wrapped in parma ham (£5.90) – both came from the ‘specials board’ (although these dishes were also included on their website).

Michelle enjoyed her prawns but felt there weren’t enough of them. She also felt there was too much sauce and that the scallops tasted rubbery. My asparagus was reasonably tasty, but I didn’t like that the whole dish was swimming in oil (garlic butter).

Photo author’s own.

For our main course Michelle ordered the branzino – sea bass and prawns cooked in a white wine sauce (£15.75) – with a side order of zucchini chips – fried courgettes – (£3.10) and mixed salad. I ordered swordfish steak(£12.90) from the ‘specials’ which came with a selection of vegetables.

Our food arrived shortly after we’d finished our starters but we were not impressed with the presentation, plus the salad looked dry and tired, as if it had been prepared some time ago, so we sent it back. Michelle felt the sea bass was cooked well but it didn’t ‘wow’ her! She felt the zucchini was the best thing about her meal! My swordfish was enjoyable, but there weren’t enough potatoes and there were too many carrots.

I don’t normally have any room for dessert but our waitress persuaded me to have one, so I ordered the tiramisu – which was apparently home-made (£3.95) while Michelle ordered a coffee (£2.25). The tiramisu was very creamy but didn’t have any particularly distinctive taste and was quite soggy at the bottom. I ate about half of it and left the rest. However I did enjoy my complimentary glass of limoncello – which apparently aids digestion!

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I visited the ladies (as is customary if you’ve read my previous reviews) and found them to be clean and adequately stocked.

Although the food was a bit disappointing, the friendliness of the staff must be what attracts other diners to their restaurant, as it was quite busy on the night of our visit … having said that, it is unlikely that either of us would go back there soon.

Joy Akwue-Butler

Joy Akwue-Butler

Joy Akwue-Butler works as the Operations Manager for IKM TeckChek Europe whose UK office is based in Croydon. She has lived and worked in the area for over 20 years. She currently lives in Caterham with her partner and has one daughter – Jasmine. Joy loves eating good food and enjoys socialising!

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