All reader reviews by Anonymous

Kitchen Italia (Covent Garden)

Truly awful, such a shame as it looks gorgeous inside. I went with a friend for a pre-cinema plate of pasta and glass of wine and as we walked in down the stairs from the rain it looked cosy and welcoming. There are three long lines of bench tables down the middle and booths along the walls either side. There's a help-yourself gutter down the middle of each table, with fresh basil plants, flavoured oils and fresh parmesan for you to help yourself to. All good so far.

We ordered garlic bread, macaroni cheese and carbonara. The bread came quickly but it shouldn't have bothered as I couldn't taste any garlic, it just tasted like frozen bread that had been reheated just short of being ready. It got worse. The macaroni cheese came in a lovely copper pot but was basically pasta curls in a thin white sauce that had dripped to the bottom of the bowl. The carbonara had more to it: much more oil and more boiled bacon. Honestly, it was horrible and tasteless. Thank goodness for the basil and parmesan. I piled it on and managed to eat most of what was in my pretty Sophie Conran bowl.

The money spent on the decor was well spent but it is at the cost of the food. Really, the food tastes of nothing.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 1 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 2

Shanghai Blues

It ticks all the boxes for ambience: back-lit bar, tall ceilings all wrapped up in minty-blue furniture from the glassy stools to the leather chairs.

Food on the otherhand is less relaxing. Good, but you're left with the nagging feeling you should have gone to Yauatcha in Soho rather than shlep up High Holborn.

Monday, January 09, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

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