All reader reviews by kat

Le Mercury Deuxieme

Starters (carpaccio and ravioli) were very tasty, however I wouldn't even call them small - they were tiny.

Mains and desserts were OK, but nothing exceptional.

Service excellent.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 5 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6

La Bota

We were passing by looking for a place to eat. La Bota looked busy, so we decided to give it a go.

Unfortunately all the tapas, except for fried peppers (which were very good), was not fresh – and I mean “not fresh” in a sense that you could taste that it was prepared a while ago; all the dishes with sauce- a week ago or more, sitting in the fridge.

Monk fish was disgusting, not pieces of fish, but the greasy bits that everyone normally throws away…

Perhaps it was a matter of choice, however we had 7 dishes and enjoyed only one.

Would definitely not recommend.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 2 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 3

North Road

Very uninspiring... We had a set lunch in the North Road. Admittedly £20 for 3 courses in a Michelin restaurant is not much, however I would still expect highest quality food.

We have tried all the dishes from the menu and although the cooking was adequate, there was nothing outstanding there, nothing really tasty.

I consider myself very adventurous and would eat just about anything, however some combinations in this menu were strange – what is the reason behind adding mayonnaise to a dessert? Perhaps my pallet is not sophisticated enough, but to me the mayonnaise felt oily and out of place – in fact rather repulsive.

If £20 is not enough to provide good flavours, it may be advantageous for the restaurant to increase the price and make their food really tasty.

On the top of this, the ambience is very uninspiring.

Evidently I’m not the only one who doesn’t think much of the restaurant. The area is busy and other places were full of people, but North Road was empty – only 3 tables taken throughout our time there 12:30pm-2pm...

Sunday, January 08, 2012
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 2 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 2


Encouraged by the excellent reviews, I had chosen Tatra to introduce friends to Polish cuisine. And what a disappointment! Despite reservation 3 weeks in advance, the table wasn't ready for us, we had to wait for another party to leave. Other then that the service was good.

The only dish that was actually fresh was the herring salad and crumble on the apple and rhubarb crumble. Everything else was definitely prepared in advanced, frozen and reheated - including pierogi!

In both duck and pork shank, meat was very dry and very unpleasant to eat. Dumplings accompanying the duck were burned to the point that they were not edible. Seriously - nothing was fresh there (not even the cabbage side dishes!) - not tasty, really not nice to eat; in fact we haven't finished the main courses.

Cream brule and crumble were OK, however cheesecake clearly wasn't as both portions went back to the kitchen only half eaten.

This was an important dinner for me and I deeply regret choosing Tatra.

Perhaps the food was nice and fresh there in the past - not anymore!

Very, very poor quality of food.

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 1 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 1

Great Nepalese Restaurant

We went there today, encouraged by great review. Ordered only special Nepalese dishes, to experience the different cuisine.

And – huge disappointment: it was just like any VERY ORDINARY Indian food. What’s more it wasn’t fresh or tasty.

I’m amazed by the previous reviews. But maybe I’m spoilt by our local Indian restaurant that serves food cooked with fresh ingredients...

We will not be coming back for sure.

Thursday, January 24, 2008
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 2 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 2

Michael Moore

We visited the famous Michael Moore restaurant yesterday evening. And from the beginning it was one amazing experience.

Lets start from the beginning:

1. We were seated promptly and drinks were served quickly. The restaurant is small and very ‘cosy’ with tables very close to each other, which was a bit uncomfortable. I had to actually squash myself to the wall when the waiter was serving next-door table.

2. Then we waited for 20 minutes for orders to be taken and next 15 minutes for bread.

3. Bread was not fresh, and very boring; butter was stale.

4. For starters we took “Artichoke lobster salad with wild mushroom timbale” and “Filo baked goat cheese”. Both were reasonable although nothing exceptional.

Except that there was no artichokes in the ‘artichoke’ salad (when asked waiter said that the white paste that tasted like cottage cheese was artichoke, hmmm…., please read further for waiters explanations).

And there was no filo in ‘Filo’ goat cheese. The goat cheese was baked sandwiched between 2 white bread slices (they were pressed to be very thin).

5. Main courses: Foie gras was perfect, absolutely fantastic. Cinnamon venison too dry and slightly boring. We also ordered side dishes veggies and potatoes.

Could you believe that they forgot about potatoes and we got them when everything else was actually eaten?

6. Desserts: “Fig dessert with almond and orange leaves” (guess what – there was no orange and almonds leaves on the plate). Before ordering I asked the waiter what it is and the explanation was very attractive – layers of filo pastry and fig. Well, there were 2 layers of fig (4 slices), 2 paper thin layers of filo and masses of some kind of cream. Eatable but rather boring.

Another one, this time not eatable: “Grand Marnier muss with lemon grass sauce”. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? And that was it, the name. It was some kind of really nasty orange cheesecake, you would get better one in any supermarket, it didn’t even taste home made, not even fresh. There was not a trace of Grand Marnier taste and not a trace of sauce. I asked the waiter where is the lemongrass sauce. He hesitated and then said that it is inside. (That would be strange, especially that the cake was a very small one.) I cut it through, still no sauce. Further questions resulted in waiter bringing us a saucepan of sauce and explaining that normally there is a layer of sauce inside the cake (hmmmm........) (and the sauce wasn’t good either)

And then we waited another 20 minutes for the bill to be sorted.

This kind of things can sometimes happen. But not with virtually every course and not in this standard of restaurant. And they have not even apologised.

Is this restaurant regarded so highly because nobody remembers what the menu said, or everybody is too polite too comment?

After reading reviews on this website, I had great expectation. The experience was so different.

If you decide to go, try to remember the menu for some amusement.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 2 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 0

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