All reader reviews by kirk

Chez Kristof

We came here for the first time on 4th Sept for a birthday dinner. It couldn't have been better. Excellent food and wine, fine service and a wonderful comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Simply perfect, sophisticated without being pretentious, well worth the trip to this part of town.

Thursday, October 12, 2006
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


Chez Kristof

We came here for the first time on 4th Sept for a birthday dinner. It couldn't have been better. Excellent food and wine, fine service and a wonderful comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Simply perfect, sophisticated without being pretentious, well worth the trip to this part of town.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9


Ma Goa

Brilliant! This is not just a perfect local indian restaurant, its so much better. I went with my dad and we both loved it. Delightful service, unusual and delicious food and a simple, stylish and comfortable room.

Its an inconspicuous frontage, you might not even notice it, but its worth finding.

Sunday, June 18, 2006
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10


Lots Road Pub & Dining Room

A starter of delicious sardines, followed by perfectly cooked roast cod and if you want something straightforward like a burger... well it's hard to beat theirs. Even the chunky fries are simply excellent.

Perfectly sized portions, attentive and friendly service and a chilled out atmosphere with a view to the groovy open kitchen.

This place simply gets it right, and it feels like that from the moment you walk in. You get a sense that not only do they care, but the crew are enthusiastic and eager for you to enjoy. Little notices around the place remind you things like 'don't miss the sticky toffee pudding'. Take note and don't! Its great too!

Sunday, June 18, 2006
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


Fish! Kitchen (Borough Market)

This place looks fantastic.

A stunning, sparkling glass box amidst the grunge and broken down cobbles of Borough back-streets. Groovy. A buzzing open kitchen, stylish, tidy staff, a great layout with a tantalising summer patio.

An intriguing menu indeed. A host of fishy delights... you're getting excited... thinkin, 'mmmm, this is gonna be goooood'.

Alas!

The food? Perhaps the chefs are undercover anti-obesity activists. Who knows. What we do know is that you'll still be hungry when you leave so have a Pret sandwich in your handbag [I recommend the Crayfish and Rocket, its about twice as good as a starter in this place.]

The fish mains are pricey yet oddly mean cut portions or for £16.95 you can have a light salad, that seems to be about half the contents of an M&S individual salad bag and 3 small prawns and 3 small scallops....

Thought no.1: guys, you're joking are you not? Sack the chef with the stapled stomach and hire one who believes in decent, sensible and honest portions eh. Portions half the size you expect is just plain stupid. Half a dozen completely unremarkable pieces of Calamari thrown on less than a handful of rocket? Call that a starter? Mean portions means daft management.

The food is fine, but hey, it's not great, and its not enough. Two things that should never coincide, you could almost forgive one without the other, but at these prices? No way.

The design and architecture of the place is its highspot, that's why it survives. But its as if they inhabit it by default.

Small point perhaps, but despite an expensive lighting rig, less than half the spotlights light up the tabletops and half the customers eat in shadow or are blasted in the direct spotlights. Little things like this make customers uncomfortable and give the impression that the manager just doesn't really care, yes?

Thought no.2: lads, get a ladder out tomorrow.

The ambience is generally very cool, sophisticated and mature but playing somethin that sounds like 'House music' to a clientele generally 35 years and upwards... interesting approach, gets more like a fishy version of a Slug and Lettuce as time goes on.

Thought no.3: Guys... get some new CDs and try not buy the ones with the bright hypnotic coloured covers, or better still employ a couple of Jazz musicians on Saturdays at least eh.

As a contemporary specialist fish restaurant 'Fish' is simply so unremarkable and disappointing.

How long will the superficial success of half hearted places like this continue to hide their inexcusable failures.

With the history of 'Fish' one would expect the management to have it down to a fine art. Bizarrely not.

Final thought: The whole concept has amazing potential. Lets hope someone turns it around and makes it special.

Monday, May 22, 2006
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 3 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 1


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