All reader reviews by Gillian

Hawksmoor Spitalfields

Go in the weekend for a lunchtime burger and you will not be disappointed.

At £15 with a large serve of delicious chips, this is maybe the best burger in London and the kitchen pay attention to how done you would like the meat.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


I have been to trinity several times and always enjoy it.

The set lunch or dinner menu is always good value and one of our group had that yesterday.

The tuna tartare is highly recommended and someone always has the madeleines.

Service is efficient and unhurried and the wine list is good but not particularly cheap.

The last two times I have enjoyed the bavette with chips, watercress, bearnaise and bone marrow

Yesterday's plaice with mussels was a success as was the salmon with samphire.

I'll keep going back.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

Worship Street Whistling Shop

I am not sure if this bar knows what it wants to be yet, the rooms are dark and with a small but interesting set of cocktails the Victorian vibe of the place is initially quiet and retro.

The service was a little slow on occasion and as the evening went on the music went up and lights down which made it feel more like a loud City bar than I would have liked.

The draught beer was unavailable but there were a couple by bottle instead.

The food looked good but candlelit ladies toilets are a definite fail.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7

Bavarian Beerhouse

The food and beer were fine but the beer list was not very extensive or interesting.

The waitress just didn't have a very good manner and the decoration was pretty basic/awful.

There are better offerings out there in the german beer hall genre

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 4 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 4

Tsuru (Mansion House)

We arrived at about 20:45 and sat down and were almost immediately told that the kitchen was closing in 10 minutes despite the fact that the web site shows a closing time of 22:00.

When we ordered drinks my partner's beer was filled well below the measuring line in the glass.

I had the pork katsu curry and the pork was good as was the rice but the bowl and sauce were not very warm.

While I was paying at 21:25 a man came in to order food but was told that the kitchen was closed.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 6 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 6

Waterloo Bar & Grill

Enticed in by the two-course £12.95 early dinner, I was pleased to find an attractive dining room and comfortable seats.

The early dinner special menu was short, but interesting and my husband and I both opted for salmon to start and then courgette risotto and a glass of the house white.

The wine arrived quickly but it was not the house white, or at least one of the glasses wasn’t, but we did not complain.

Other tables were presented with bread, but we were not offered any. Shortly two plates of the goat cheese starter arrived and we noticed immediately and they were whisked away again. The salmon was quite quick to arrive after that, was lovely, and a good sized portion.

The guys at the table on my left were also having the dinner deal and had ordered a beer as their drink, expressing some surprise at the diminutive tulip-shaped half pints which arrived.

When our main courses arrived, we were surprised by bowls of mussels, rather than the risotto and this was sent back, causing a flurry of visits from staff. The women on our right consumed large steaks and wine while we waited and the boys on the other side enjoyed their mains, the mussels looked really good.

Our risotto eventually arrived and, as is common with vegetarian mains, we had been given a child/dieters portion. The risotto was nice but about half the size of the other dinners around us, even those of people on the same dinner deal.

With no dessert or coffee we spent £45 on two courses, with two glasses of wine each.

Thursday, March 19, 2009
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 6 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 5

Waterloo Bar and Kitchen

This place is less bar and more restaurant, I am not sure I would feel comfortable just coming in for a beer, and the beer selection is fairly poor, not even one real ale.

I enjoyed my steak and wine but something about the environment was not relaxing and welcoming.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 4

Pho (Great Titchfield St)

The Oxford Circus area is not known for nice, clean, good value restaurants and Pho is a pleasant surprise.

The waitress was friendly and helpful, we managed to get variation from the menu by ordering carefully also.

For three of us we ordered prawn crackers first, and that is what we got, a crunchy start to our meal. Pork spring rolls were crisp and full of anise-flavoured pork, the mango salad was fresh and with enough chilli to be enjoyable.

Main's of curry, bun noodles (wih veg spring rolls), and a spicy prawn soup made for a varied meal and we all enjoyed it.

No room for puddings throuhg the banana friters were tempting, if it had been pineapple fritters I could not have resisted.

As with previous reviewers I have not been to Vietnam so I have no idea if this is authentic, but it was fresh, tasty and good value for the area.

Sunday, November 09, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7

San Marco

Yesterday was cold and stormy, San Marco proved to be a good place to hide from the weather for a long lunch.

I had the set lunch special for £8.90 and from the list chose soup of the day and then spaghetti with meatballs and muchrooms, the £8.90 includes a free drink and I chose a nice, cold Peroni.

My soup was a lovely vegetable soup, good stock, nice vegetables, with rice and chickpeas also. The spaghetti was cooked well and the sauce and mushrooms were good aso. The meatballs were a little under-seasoned, just a little more salt or herbs would have made them more interesting.

My husband chose bruschetta which were large, fresh and tasty, then ordered the cod with lentils and garlic puree. He felt that his cod could have used more salt, but the lentils were soft and well seasoned as was the large serve of garlic mash. He said he didn't really need quite such a large portion of lunch but we still managed to share a portion of profiteroles.

I will definitely be going back, and looking at other diners' plates I will be trying the Calzone

Sunday, November 02, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8

Hiba Restaurant

On arrival there are plenty of waiting staff and they are quick to show us to a table next to the toilets, not a great start and when we ask about today’s special “There is no special today”.

We order lentil soup and falafel to start and the lentil soup is light and tasty, with lots of crunchy bits to add. In contrast the falafel are leaden, look as though they have been commercially extruded and have no distinguishing flavour. The accompanying salad is fine but dull, with only the pickled turnip adding interest.

The waiter puts down the cutlery for the main course and clears the other plates from the table before I have even finished the falafel, and another tries to remove part-filled beer glasses.

Main courses are a mixed grill and a lamb kebab dish with a spicy sauce. The grill is the winner as the chicken is moist and some of the grill is vegetables. The lamb dish is four large kebabs with lots of tasty spicy tomato sauce. This is accompanied by a wedge of lemon, half a tomato and a large leaf of undressed lettuce. We have a basket of tasty flat bread but a salad would have been nice, I wish the waiting staff had suggested that this dish might need an accompaniment.

Coffee and baklava to finish were good and came with unanticipated fresh fruit, which was nice.

Overall it was a successful meal and the room is decorated nicely, but I will not be racing to return.

Friday, September 19, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7

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