All reader reviews by Mae Ying, London

Oregano Cafe Bistro

This is essentially an adequate local restaurant. It really isn't anything to shout about, but the affable manager makes the place worth visiting. He really had a smile for everyone, which was nice.

We had prawn/avocado, fried calamari and whitebait to start. Prawn/avocado was ok, fried calamari quite abysmal - calamari not the freshest, limp batter, whitebait very fishy. For mains we had pizzas and seafood linguine. The 'kico' pizza feature pepperoni and brocolli - ill conceived and very heavy touch with the fresh chilli! The linguine's sauce needed a lot more seasoning - tasted like weak ragu out of a bottle, the pasta was overcooked, mussels were of the ready-cooked frozen variety.

Desserts were funny, they had run out of creme brulee and tiramisu but failed to inform us of this until we had ordered both. Incidentally, they seemed to be the only two desserts worth ordering.

But, it was reasonably priced, around £60 for starters & mains for 3 people, coffees and nice bottle of Pinot Grigio. Good, friendly service. So, if you live a short walk away, this restaurant is fine, but otherwise it may be better to seek out better alternatives in Southgate/Winchmore Hill etc.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 4 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7

Sofra (Oxford St)

Decided to eat here on a whim on a lovely saturday lunchtime for an outdoor table (as we do not like carluccios - average food with moments of genius).

The head waiter and one of our waiters were friendly, helpful and accomodating. However, there was one particular waiter going by the name of 'mehmet ali' who was awful and made us feel really unwelcome - we were practically thrown off our table after we finished! The irony was that his badge said something like 'You will always get service with a smile from me' - fat chance.

On to the food... was reasonably priced, ok portions, not bad all in all. Instead of having any of the mains, we chose to have a large number of mezes - calamari, spicy sausage, skewers of lamb and chicken, meatballs, falafel, babaganoush, fried mussels etc accompanied by nice free bread. All were relatively tasty, calamari had good batter. However the falafel were quite horrible (overrun by sesame seeds!). A nice touch though, was that everyone gets complimentary bread, houmous (albeit not the best) and really good huge olives.

So, if you are here with a smallish group of people, thus provided with good company, and are prepared to wait a while for the food with a nice jar of Pimms (quite cheap at £10), this place is no problem. But if you want good service and great food, probably best to look elsewhere!

Sunday, June 04, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

YO! Sushi (Soho)

If you're a fan of yosushi and for a quick fix of reasonable sushi, this place is fine. In fact, it is a plusher version of typical yosushi venues, so not bad value for money for sushi in soho.

Service is always really quite good in our experience, but that may be due to the fact that we usually pop in for late lunch/early dinner as opposed to peak times.

Of course there are more authentic places nearby, but I think this place has a much nicer ambiance than other kaiten sushi restaurants in the area.

Sunday, April 09, 2006
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

The New Culture Revolution

Adequately tasty starters but very very bad main courses - too much cornflour, bland, generally food of takeaway standard but glorified with wagamama style seating/decor. The previous reviewer must be connected with the restaurant. Horrible - give me Chinatown any day!

Monday, April 03, 2006
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 1 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 1


We walked in here randomly, Saturday lunchtime, and were amazed by the quality and quantity of the food. The lunch menu was extremely good value starting for only £7 p/p (main dish, rice, soup, salad and fresh orange for dessert) and the service was great. Varied lunch menu, ranging from Korean dishes to sushi (was impressed by the sushi too!). Will definitely return again, maybe for dinner next time!

Saturday, March 18, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 10

Gourmet Garden

This restaurant does excellent Malaysian/Singaporean staples for £5 e.g. laksa, char kuay theow, hainanese chicken rice. It also offers a good variety of authentic dishes e.g. pohpia, kangkung belacan, steamed fish, sambal prawns etc. There may be a wait in store during busy periods, but the quality of the food is well worth it. Their homemade soya drink is also a rare commodity in London. Try it but perhaps go at lunchtimes anytime / early dinner on a weeknight to avoid a wait. The service is always spot on.

Thursday, December 29, 2005
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

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