Name: 4 Continents
Location: Boltro Road, Haywards Heath
Closing Time: 1am (result)
Price of Small Doner Kebab: £3.25
(price correct at time of consumption)
Four Continents Taste Test 2 - The Pita Strikes
We recently received an e-mail from Si, an employee of the 4 Continents.
He was slightly dismayed by our somewhat negative review and suggested
we have another try. Even though restaurant critic and filmmaker
Michael Winner wouldn't give somewhere the benefit of the doubt
we at thisishaywardsheath.com always try to be fair. We decided
to take another look to see if there have been any improvements
marking in the same categories as before.
Location & Practicality
As the 4 Continents premises haven't moved, all the same positives
from the first review still apply. Good location from the station,
open 'till 1am and delivery to your door are all still welcome features.
Previous Mark: 9 Heathpoints TM - a non-mover
with a New Mark of 9Heathpoints
For consistency we visited the 4 Continents at the same time as
the last visit, 11:30pm on a Friday. Unlike a typical Friday night
at Ephesus there was only one other customer and he was ordering
a burger so he doesn't really count. We found this surprising, as
the establishment has been open for a good 6 months. Though polite,
the welcome was somewhat lacklustre. We were pleased that this time
they hadn't run out of doner meat so they could fulfil our order
of 2 small doner kebabs however the speed of service left a lot
to be desired. Even sporting new kebab technology in the form of
and electric doner meat shearer it took at least 15 minutes and
2 members of staff to prepare our order. They even ruined one pita
bread by over cooking it and had to start again, which in our minds
Overall we feel that despite there being enough meat to fulfil our
order, the almost catatonic service and ruined pita results in a
slightly lower mark being awarded.
Previous Mark 6 Heathpoints TM - slipping
a place to a New Mark of 5 Heathpoints Having enough meat
doesn't make up for a snail's pace service.
Value for Money
The price for a small doner was £3.25 and was clearly marked
on the board as such. However the same kebab in Ephesus is 15p cheaper
and you get far more kebab for your money. The 4 Continents small
doner was more like a minute doner. That being said, at least they've
done away with their erratic pricing strategy.
Previous Mark: 4 Heathpoints TM
- climbing slightly to a New Mark of 5 Heathpoints
- Better pricing strategy but lots of room for improvement in the
size and quantity of kebab for your money stakes.
Kebab Taste Test
Again to keep things fair we subjected these doner kebabs to the
same travel time to test if their ability to keep warm. Sadly, due
to the fact they were poorly wrapped in serviettes and not dedicated
wrapping paper and bag they again were cold by the time they reached
their destination. Things did improve however, most likely because
we elected to try the kebabs with a mayonnaise topping as opposed
to chili. The pita bread was nice and soft but we did have the same
concerns as last time over its ability to stay together if containing
more greasy meat. The salad was nice and fresh and the meat tasted
as if it was fully cooked this time, which were all bonuses. Full
consumption of the kebab was completed this time but as mentioned
earlier, the size of the kebab left us wanting more, something never
experienced with an Ephesus Kebab. All in all a general improvement
and certainly a step in the right direction.
Mark: 3 Heathpoints TM -
General improvement signifies a leap to 5 Heathpoints
General improvements all round in terms of pricing strategy and
the kebab itself. The electric kebab meat shearer is a much-welcomed
feature in terms of innovation but we are traditionalists here at
thisishaywardsheath.com and appreciate the true skill and artistry
associated with the kebab blade. Where the 4 Continents have let
themselves down is in their attitude and speed of service. We acknowledge
their range of other take away goods including pizzas and burgers
but for us, it's kebabs that matter.
Overall Mark - 4 Heathpoints TM -
General improvement is rewarded with a New Overall Mark of 5 Heathpoints
At this juncture, in our minds Ephesus is still king of the take-away
kebab and will remain so for a rather long time. We encourage the
4 Continents though to keep up the good work, we will review again
in a few months time.
In the meantime, If you have experienced a kebab from the 4 Continents
or anywhere else in Haywards Heath (there are only 2 others we know
of) then why not mail us with your comments.