30 Almeida Street, Islington, London, N1 1TD - View on a map
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Almeida Restaurant In London
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Overall 5.0
Food 9.0
Service 0.0
Atmosphere 9.0
Value 2.0
Based on 1 reviews

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This is our local for over two decades so it needs to be good. Current form is infuriating. Lovely dining room as always, and the cooking is now excellent again. Our party of four had three different main courses (chicken, lamb, duck) all of which were cooked in an original and attentive way and gave us an appropriate pleasure. We all had the same desert which was delicious. We all had scallops for starters, and these were well-presented but there were only two small scallops in a large plate and the cooking was just slightly too harsh. At £9 a plate one is inclined to think that two small scallops looking lost on the plate is insensitive: three or four would have made a much better impression without adding much to the costs.

But the great dowo clients expect proper attention. D&D need to take this place in hand. Inside is the staff which are just not on the case -- ten minutes to bring a bottle of water on a very hot day and when the restaurant is only one third full! And the waitress brought a scruffy plate with a few slices of bread, two of which were so hard they should have gone in the pigswill. It seemed in particular that the maitre d was just not on the case. My hunch is that he needs to leave by the end of this week. The waitresses will no doubt improve if properly managed. £230 for four people is in the upper bracket so clients expect an appropriate level of service. The owners -- D&D -- need to take this place in hand.
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Overall rating 5 stars
Food 9 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 2
Friday, September 06, 2013

Not as bad as recent reviews suggest. The food is inventive and well prepared. Service is pleasent and attentive.

Prices are on the high side - a reduction of (say) 10%-15% would make the Almeida strong competition to a number of places in Upper Street.

Worth trying out.
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Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6
Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Totally agree with the previous review - absolutely terrible experience after having been a regular visitor over many years. Really disappointing - and it was our favourite restaurant. They seem to have lost all their really lovely staff - service was very slack, food uninspiring and poorly cooked. Also very expensive. A real shame.
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Overall rating 2 stars
Food 2 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 1
Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Having been many times to Almeida and had great food and service, my last two visits have been very poor. The service is woeful and disinterested and the food has really slipped in standard.

£16.50 for roast beef sunday lunch consistented of a small slice of beef, three admitedly decent roast potatoes, and a bizarre bowl of very dry broad beans (cut in half?!) some dry peas and a soggy baby carrot that I think had been boiling since the Sunday before.

Such a shame that a great place has lost its way. Almedia beware, Islington is the grave yard of average restaurants...
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charlie - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 3
Sunday, June 10, 2012

We have been to the Almeida many times. Last night we took advantage of their 2 courses for £15.

The food was delicious but the portions were so ludicrously small that it was a joke. My husband's mackerel measured about an inch with most of the plate being a smear of vegetable - laughable.

The food comes with alarming speed and we were finished in just an hour.

I don't think we'll be going back for a while.
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Overall rating 5 stars
Food 6 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 3
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Went here on a Thursday evening with my fiancé with the aim of having one last look before we selected it to host our intimate upcoming wedding reception. The food was perfect, the service was offensive.

On first inspection it passed with flying colours, nice decor, attentive staff and 2 fabulous starters from the al a carte menu, my beef tartar was exceptional. The mains came a bit quick and were slapped down on the table 2 minutes apart with little ceremony, but we were still happy and the quality of the food continued to impress. We finished our mains and plates were cleared, but our glasses were empty and stayed that was for 20 minutes. Eventually flagged down our waitress who returned with a bottle which been sitting in a chilled bucket out of reach. She then disappeared, then returned and informed us that we had finished our bottle. I argued briefly that we had one small glass each, but didn't persist as I didn't want to sour a nice night out.

Service went down hill from there, dessert menus were practically thrown at us, it took 30 minutes before our empty plates were collected, staff were totally uninterested and oblivious. We overheard regulars refusing to pay service, then seemed to overhear a table say that the wine being poured was not what they had been drinking (most probably my disappearing wine from earlier).

After our dessert plates were eventually cleared we asked for the bill which arrived within a minute, I paid cash which was scooped up within seconds and the waiter returned with a pile of change which was dropped in a pile on the table, Even in pizza hut you get your change back on a dish!

Top class food let down by terrible service, the worst thing is that the manager was overlooking the restaurant the whole time and seemed to be turning a blind eye to his staff's dismal performance.

I feel quite bad for the hardworking and professional kitchen staff who's passion was clear from the food and were totally let down by the service.

We wont be booking our wedding here.
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Paul H
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 9 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 3
Friday, November 04, 2011

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