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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

I had dinner in this restaurant last Tuesday with a business colleague.

Whilst the food was excellent, the evening was completely disturbed by the sight of a mouse continually running freely around the floor and in and out of the kitchen.

What was even more astounding was the complete lack of concern shown by the staff when we brought it to their attention - one couple had already left in the middle of their meal but the attitude of the waitress was "not my problem!".

We asked if she had informed her manager - she said that pest control had been alerted. Despite our comments there was absolutely no sign of any supervision or management, or of any gesture of goodwill.

I definitely would not recommend this restaurant for business dinners!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Being close to Smithfields this restaurant has access to some of the freshest meat in London. So “Calve’s Liver” (sic) (£13.95 on the menu, although £14.95 on the bill) seemed like a particularly good idea. However, eating it was only marginally more enjoyable than the experience of throwing it up the next morning. I had assumed when ordering, that the term calf referred to young cattle rather than the liver of a fictional Steve Coogan character but who knows. “Roast” potatoes served with said liver were particularly interesting, and had a unique texture which I’m sure could keep material scientists perplexed for decades (in fact they tasted like they had been hanging about a lab for a decade or two, so maybe they already had). A half bottle of the Chianti Reserva looked like a bargain at under a tenner vs. nearly £25 for a full bottle. Unfortunately, it was difficult to tell the difference between that and the balsamic vinegar on the table. The waiter’s habit of rubbing with his tongue with his finger provided amusement but some of my dining companions found it off putting. Haricot bean and tuna salad at the start of the meal came with a free hair, I do like a freebie, which is why the highlight for me was the free liquor and biscuit at the end.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Have been a regular at this lovely restaurant ever since it opened earlier this year. And we have never been disappointed either with the food or with the excellent service you get at Atma.

It is food that is better than the food you get at places like Quilon or Benares and much cheaper! Why wouldn't I be a regular here? Everything from the lovely prawn dishes to their equivalent of Butter Chicken tastes really good. And though the dishes are generally a twist on traditional Indian food, they have some excellent traditional items like appams and masala dosa.

And Biju's service is always excellent. After a long day's work, whenever my wife and I feel like going to a place to relax and have a good meal at a place where we know we will be well taken care of, Atma is our natural choice. Try it out and you'll become a regular too!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

My wife and I chose a meal here as a experience described as "a truely first class experience". This could not have been further from the truth. Tiny portions of tapas and the paella we ordered as a main course was the worst we have ever experienced. A small bowl of yellow rice with a very strange smell and horrible aftertaste. DONT EAT HERE, ITS APPALLING.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

What disgraceful service! They overbook tables which has meant a table booked for 9.15pm has not been available until almost 10pm, and that after much complaining. Despite this, we returned a few weeks later. Very long gaps between dishes, some of which had to be chased. And rudeness beyond belief. Diners at two other tables had issues as well. The high staff turnover says something too!

Not going back in a hurry. There is no shortage of good restaurants keen on offering genuine hospitality.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

I went there last night having been once when it first opened. The sushi bar is great for a first date, and the sushi was great but the cooked food was disappointing. Chicken yakitori was luke warm as was the bok choi. and it all came at once making the meal feel rushed and letting some servings get even colder. My advice is spend an extra fiver and go to Zuma or Roka where you won't find fault and the atmosphere is much cooler.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Don't go. Terrible food, no atmosphere, awful service, rude management, terrible value. Go and buy a sandwich and a bag of crisps and sit on the grass to enjoy the view without being completely ripped off. This place COULD be amazing, but it is far from being so. AVOI D, AVOID, AVOID

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Bad hygiene and service.

Half way through my meal I found a hair in my food. When the waiter came and asked if everything was ok, I said no as there was a hair in my food. To which he replied I should have said something earlier, slammed our plates as he took them away and walked off. When I asked if he was going to do anything he said speak to the manager and walked off again (he did not fetch the manager for us), the waiter continued to talk to us like dirt and made no apology for the hair. I was charged in full for my meal and left here godsmacked!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

You should avoid this place. We were there with my gf. We had 2 daily pastas and one bottle of mineral water. I paid for these nearly 40 GBP. We had to wait for the pasta more than 30 minutes. The service is horrible, the waiter didn’t speak properly, behaved like an apish idiot, his voice and English was annoying. These made us angry, I’m still angry. I can’t understand in the Selfridges why they employ this kind of curly-headed idiot. I’m completely disappointed with this place. You’d better go to another place.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

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