106 Islington High Street, London, N1 8EG - View on a map
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Fredericks Restaurant In London
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Overall 3.8
Food 5.0
Service 0.0
Atmosphere 5.0
Value 5.0
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Over the last few years we have used Fredericks for a pre-theatre meal prior to going to Sadlers Wells. We did the same this Saturday. Arrived promptly at 5.50pm needed to be in and out by 7.10ish. They knew this, even had the cheek when checking to confirm our reservation in the afternoon to ask that we were out of there by 7.45. I replied then that it would help for once if they got us finished on time. For the third time in a row they were unbearably slow with their service. We ordered from the simple "pre-theatre" type menu. We didn't get our main course until 6.45 after having nagged several times. And in the end there was no time for a dessert. This seems to happen every time for us with them - if it is not waiting an excessive time for the food it is waiting for the bill and we end up in an avoidable rush every time - so no more. A pity because the food is good and the room very pleasant - but the service is appalling.
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John Shinton
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5
Monday, December 10, 2012

Frederick's certainly promises a great deal - the venue is lovely (although all the hard surfaces in the conservatory area make for a somewhat noisy dining experience) and the menu is limited but full of potential. They have a vegetarian menu, which is a big plus, although the dishes lacked any real enthusiasm for making a genuinely interesting veggie dining experience.

Of the starters, the scallop dish was incredibly small and lacked any hint of the promised chorizo, with the pepper and tomato mimosa being incredibly overpowering. The dress Colchester crab was similarly mean (and at £13.50 a go these aren't cheap starters) and the avocado sorbet was tasteless. The chicken liver/foie gras parfait and plum compote was good, and the aubergine salad was dull but passable.

Our vegetarian was brought a salmon main course instead of risotto - an inexcusable error which took 15 minutes to rectify, by which time the rest of us had finished out main courses. The 'Fillet of Aberdeen Angus beef, fondant potato, summer vegetable parcel, horseradish jus' turned out to be fillet steak, asparagus and a strange, bland, reconstituted potato. No bite to the horseradish jus, very disappointing - use of the word 'parcel' rather suggests something delicious in filo pastry, but it was not to be. The steak itself was very good. The duck dish was appalling - four tiny slices of breast on top of something which looked like it had come from our local Chinese takeaway.

We elected not to have dessert or aperitifs and made good our escape. Even with our pre-dinner drinks comped as recompense for the error, the price was well over £75 a head - pretty steep for three scallops, a piece of meat half as big as my fist, six stalks of asparagus and two glasses of wine. You can eat far better and at significantly less cost elsewhere in Islington. Go there instead.
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Soap - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 3 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 1
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Stop moaning. This place is great. Went there for dinner on Wednesday and the food, service and atmosphere were excellent. And with a Taste Card it's an absolute bargain.
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Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8
Friday, May 06, 2011

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