All reader reviews by wayno

The Samuel Pepys

Well, as I should have realised, with a name like this, it was never going to deliver. The location is amazing, the views unbeatable- across the river to Tate Modern but this is basically a City bar with ambitions way beyond what it can deliver.

The service was appalling - luckily the view to the river was stunning, unfortunately the bar allows smokers on the blacony, and every time another fag-ash-lil went out to smoke themselves to death we were hit by a huge gust a cold air (it was a very windy day!)

The waiter came over for our drinks order, seemed disappointed we didn't know straight away what food we wanted and then took 20 minutes to return.

The risotto with tiger prawns was bland beyond belief - in fact it was tasteless, I was never offered any Parmesan, nor black pepper. I avoided the burger as the waiter admitted that it wasn't made in the kitchen but bought in, and went for the fattiest, greasiest Rib eye steak I have ever eaten.

This place is perfect for drinks and pizza (and smokers!!) avoid everything else!!

Sunday, February 28, 2010
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 2 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 4


Bento Cafe

Avoid. If you are 12 years old, and out for your first Japanese meal, then maybe this is the place for you. OR if you are 21, out after work, with a load of chums, then you may be able to ignore the fact that this is just another sushi restaurant but with obnoxious staff.

The food is adequate, certainly no worse than a ot of places - and some of it is quite inventive for the UK ( actually, thinking about it, it looks like the owner has spent some time in California as itmes like Volcano rolls come from there) BUT when they tried to charge me £1 extra for some extra spicy mayoniase for a temaki ( Hand Roll) it led to a row along the lines of " exuse me? do you also want to try and charge me for soy sauce or toothpicks?" After telling them I wasnt going to pay it, I simply removed the £4 tip i'd left for service ( on a £30 bill) and walked out leaving the £1 out of their tip.

I will NEVER RETURN.

Sunday, February 28, 2010
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 5 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 5


The Glasshouse

Fantastic. not sure how they maintain this quality of food for a buffet but simply amazing. The service is unobtrusive but attentive.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


Brian Turner Mayfair

I had breakfast here, and whilst the food was excellent- the service was appaling ( suprising considering Brian Turner was on the next table) - unable to find clean bowls, toast took 15 minutes, fried egg took longer - this is possibly the only ocassion I have ever asked to have the "optional service charge" removed from the bill ( bit of a joke anyway - 12.5% added to bill for a buffet breakfast?)

Sunday, November 27, 2005
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 7 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 5


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