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philnles


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120 lira !! As a group of friends 6\7 have been to Morellis 4 or 5 times in the last 6 months.



We booked a table a few weeks ago and asked for lobster, one of our friends called in during the week to ask how much, she was told 60 -70 lira each. Turned up at 8.00 pm for our table, got our lobster at 9.15 pm. The bill was a wapping 840 lira for 7 lobsters !! When I pointed out to the owner we were told 60-70 lira he confused the issue by talking Euro's. Needless to say won't ever be going back there again. Even a small glass of coke was 4 lira and the size of my glass got smaller as the evening went on !



martinD41


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Cold Water Lobster here is at best "Frozen imported Canadian"....It is NOT a local Crustacea ..therefore the sky is the limit as regards cost..



sylvie


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oh dear !!!! could be cheaper to fish them yourself !



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Why arent Shellfish and Crustaceans imported from Turkey, where the supplies of all types are available at reasonable prices the 2009 landed tonnage in a country where shell fish is not appreciated and mainly exported are listed below and apparently if demand were higher far higher tonnage could be landed.

Crustaceans Total 1,745 tonnes

Shrimp 938

Crayfish 373

Crab 341

Lobster 69

Others 24



As mentioned in msg 2 the ones served up in North Cyprus are mainly frozen from Maine or Canada and bl..dy tasteless.

I still cannot understand why mediterranean lobster is not available in North Cyprus, whilst at little on the small size they are fresh! and reasonably priced.



mikeyCBBR


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5.99 Aldi



sylvie


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cheap in the south (carefour) i think the problem is not the price of the lob. but the price of the restaurant - it is always good to look at the outside prices not to have any misunderstanding most places forget to mention their prices !!!!



negativenick


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mess 1 - you're bonkers



you could get the same in thailand for 1/4 of the price....



and its hot and sunny in the winter.....



ranger5


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NN, long way to go for a lobster night out!!



martinD41


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Msg 4 your right, they are tasteless,and Double cooked...ie;they are cooked then frozen (in Canada)and then cooked again, hopeless..the only lobby worth eating is one cooked live,the rest are rubbish..





Mas1..Sorry, but if you know about and enjoy the real thing you should have known better...



Tenakoutou



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The Med. is almost devoid of 'Slipper Lobsters' and crayfish - very rarely do you see them, even on night dives.



The crabs are plentiful but miniscule in size and shrimps/prawns do not exist in shoals, as in other seas.



So many tourists to so many Mediterranean countries are under some illusion that because their chosen resort is coastal, that fish/seafood must be plentiful and cheap - how abysmally wrong and deluded they are!



tonyf


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msg 10

You are quite correct that the waters around Cyprus are not blessed with shellfish but the med generally ie the french/spanish coast, gibraltar and around to Portugal are some of the richest grounds for langoustines, shrimps, prawns, crab and yes lobster.



philnles


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Thought we may have been in for a treat, it was a Birthday meal for some friends, the only thing that got treated was the owners wallet ! Still, a lesson learnt, in the end the restaurant loses out because we just won't go there anymore.



yorgozlu



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in turkish we say 's*k*lmiş g*t*n davası olmaz'.



too little too late to complain.as far as 'you' yourself is concerned,this post will change nothing.



martinD41


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And that attitude Yorg is precisely what is wrong with "Your Island"...Have a "Lovely Cypriot laugh" on us.. By the way I come from a place were the sea food is world famous, not like your pretend paradise >>>



bazzagirl


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My husband cooks me lobster tail, fillet steak and all the trimmings for under a tenner a head? Luv England, least we can eat well xxxxx



Ed1957


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There you go again Yorg, building your fan base



sylvie


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why do people have to insult in this forum - i thought british had a good sense of humour - of course it is too late - in fact the post has nothing to do with the price of the lobsters but with the prices restaurant charges the clients !



yorgozlu



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don't tell me that martinD41,tell your fellow countrymen who comes here expecting all from uk to have here too.And when it turns sour,do the typical and moan on public forum.



I love my 'caster sugar' but because it is not widely used here,it is very expensive and not the real mc.coy,so I jump on a plane when I can and take a weekend trip to uk.Besides,it is also very dangerous and the consiquences of being cought in possesion.............well,say no more ;)





best lobsters I've tasted were in jersey/gournsey...........'your paradise'!





why do you still insist in living in 'my pretend paradise' ;)



rowlo



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well i must agree with yorgos msg13 , and why not ask the price of the lobster when you turned up to dine ?



Tenakoutou



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TonyF/Msg 11:



Yes - that's true of the countries you mention - although on their Atlantic seaboard side - certainly not once you get through the Straits of Gibralter into the Med.!



How often does the water in the Mediterranean change - once every thousand or so years - hardly conducive for the production of nutrients to support and sustain a thriving marine ecosystem.



When you add to this equation the vast amount of waste and toxins dumped into the Med. , plus the deprivation of fresh water caused by man's interference, it's hardly surprising there's minimal sea life.



However, as I mentioned in my last posting on this subject [Msg 10], there are too many tourists believing that the Med. is rich in marine life. Regrettably, when they order fish in a Mediterranean country restaurant, they little realise that they're eating imported seafood.



It's amazing that the word hasn't yet spread that this is the case!



Brinsley


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19/03/2012 21:40

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Rowlo

I think Msg1 did, between 60-70TL. I don't go to Timbuktu and ask the price of whatever, expecting it to be other than CFA franc's!



Richard



martinD41


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msg 18 yorg "tell all your fellow countrymen who comes here expecting all from UK""?



My countrymen come from Guernsey , an Island famous for its sea Food... To presume I am an Englishman is akin to presuming you are a Turk ...Have a nice evening ,...



yorgozlu



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`Richard

I am not rich enough (not anymore) to pay even 60-70 tl,let alone 120.The point here,why complain after.



ps.I used to,often, go to theatreland in covent garden to a place called Sarastro and watch people pay over 100 per head for a bit of cheese/bread and some wine,whilst I charged less then a fiver (minus the wine) in my own places.And this was in the doom'n' gloom land uk.



where is the justification.



as for currencies in 'trnc'....well after all the time here,one should no longer be surprised.



Tenakoutou



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When I started scuba diving in the 60's, three of us used to go out in a 16' speedboat with a 100 HP Mercury outboard. After diving we'd bring back eight wheat sacks chocker full of large crayfish and maybe a coupla three sugar bags of scallops and oysters.



Before diving, we used to string out a 300 hook long-line and generally hauled in about 80 large Red Snapper after a coupla hours!



Sometimes we had too much sea food on board for the boat to be safe and had to tip a coupla sacks full of crays back in the sea and then we used to limp slowly back to port with about 3" of freeboard on the bloody boat!



Those days have long gone - even in New Zealand - there are strict quotas now and many areas have been overfished, just like everywhere else in the world.



I'm really stoked I had those amazing days to remember - when we sold our catch, we all paid for our diving gear, boat, outboard and much towards a goodly car then!



Pipie


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yorg I am confused ? what is caster sugar in your terms ?



philnles


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As one of our group had already checked the price of the lobster previously, and as they are Cypriot they double checked they were discussing the same currency, we wrongly assumed we would be charged between 60 - 70tl.



I simply put the post to warn others, as obviously it is too late for us. Perhaps the owner could have told us when we arrived the price had changed, giving us the option to either take it or leave it.



There are no winners here, he has lost our future custom and we felt we had been ripped off - it's not life threatening but did spoil the birthday celebrations.



rowlo



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brinsley msg21 , they asked the price days earlier , not on the evening they turned up to dine , if they had asked and were told said price had doubled , then they have a choice , stay or go ? simples , no point coming on here moaning about it ,



Tenakoutou



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If anyone is interested in lobsters and wonders why they cost so much - read this extremely informative and interesting website:



http://www.aquaeolas.com/wp/?page_id=9



Esentepe7


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M O R E L L I S ! ! !



Your turn now!



birdman



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I disagree rowlo, there is EVERY point in coming on here to complain about it!



The customers had asked the price, even if it was a couple of days before. The restaurant WERE OBLIGED TO TELL THE CUSTOMERS THAT THE PRICE HAD DOUBLED, "BEFORE " serving them ! (As "Morellis" had doubled the price)



I'm sure they were the only customers eating lobsters on that evening so the restaurant should have had no doubt about the prices they had quoted.



The customers had no reason to ask again as they had been given the price previously !



The reason for the posting is to "WARN" other people what that restaurant is capable of doing.



That's the whole purpose of forums, in my opinion.



Gerry



MaryB


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I do not quite understand. Was the price actually changed? Or was it a simple mis-understanding between TL and the euro?



Mary



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In reply:-

60-70TL is roughly 25'ish and doubt whether the lobster served would be the Canadian frozen type but sourced fresh from the RoC, which the price is about right for a restaurant served dish.

I too am not as wealthy as once was and subsequently cannot afford a daily diet of lobster.

Why Morellis restaurant, a previous self-promoting advertising contributor on this forum has, as of yet, not replied and knocked this situation on the head, escapes me. Not good publicity given all previous rave reviews it has had.



Richard



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You are wrong you can get Lobsters here,'Guido got them' or so they said. I was banned for suggesting otherwise.



martinD41


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I bet Guido went here.. http://www.cyprusfishandmeat.com/html/fresh_and_live.html



steps426


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Dont know about here *in the North* but you defo can get live fresh Atlantic lobsters in Alfamega in South Nicosia



TheScarlets



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I have eaten here on several occasions and enjoyed the experience as well as paying the advertised price. The owner is a very friendly guy and so are his staff. I am looking forward to going there next week again. In my opinion this restaurant is one of quality and first class service



philnles


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So have we. The point is the price is not what we were quoted. And as stated we had to wait well over an hour for our food and there was only one other table of 6 people.



gajul


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We also had dinner in Morelli's on Sunday, and had the lobster. We saw them come in on Saturday, FRESH, NOT FROZEN, AND VERY MUCH ALIVE. Ours was delicious, and the cost in advance was given in Euros, and only approximate. We were all extremely happy with our meal. Glad you won't be there again - don't like smokers trying to smoke inside!



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gajul well said, they tried to smoke indoors? Serves them right and good riddance. What sort of people would do that knowing the no smoking laws



negativenick


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mess 38 gets the neg nick "mate of morellis" post of the month.....



you aren't a builder per chance ?



gajul


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No, retired and living on a pension!



philnles


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Our quote was approximate and 120tl is not approx 60-70tl. We never made a comment as to whether the lobster was fresh or not! The lobster was delicious, we were commenting on the price discrepancy quoted to us.



As for the smoking - 3 of our group are smokers, the remaining 4 are definite non-smokers - the last time we were in Morellis the owner allowed 20 out of 24 people to smoke and we said we would never go there again - so it is little wonder the smokers in our group asked if they could smoke, and quite rightly they were told they couldn't. No hassle, no problem, they were already going outside to smoke!



philnles


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Message 38

Glad you saw our lobster arrive.....the price of it,it must have been in a stretch limo !! lol.



rowlo



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maybe they wanted smoked lobster ? lmfao



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fresh lobster is not cheap



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Msg 45

It is in New Zealand, but that's just cray!!



Richard



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