All reader reviews by Jen

Kettner's

Unhappily, have to agree with most of the comments already posted. Went there on a Saturday night as a group of 12 for a birthday celebration. Wouldn't go back. Service was truly abysmal - we were left waiting for our main courses for about 90 minutes. When we complained, there was no apology, just a very bored "I'll go and see what's happening". When the food finally arrived it was distinctly average - chewy, overcooked squid with the strangest aioli ever was the lowlight. Have had far better pub grub.

Save your money and go to Pizza Express - at least it harbours no delusions of grandeur, unlike this place.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Overall rating 2 stars
Food 2 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 1


Inn The Park

I'm thrilled to be able to buck the trend here.

Having read the comments here, I was slightly trepidatious about taking 26 people to Inn The Park last night. All worries were completely unfounded. The service was stellar, we had a section of the terrace to ourselves including a beautiful view, and the £20 a head barbecue menu was decent value (including salads, meat, and pudding).

A very enjoyable evening in what must be one of the prettiest settings in London.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 7 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8


Notting Grill

The long walk from the tube had certainly built up my appetite upon visiting Notting Grill. Upon arrival, I was slightly disappointed to be sat at a table upstairs, the rest of which was empty apart from two large tables clearly reserved for parties later on. Would have been nice to have been part of the buzzy atmosphere downstairs, especially as I'd booked a month in advance for a special occasion. By the time we were on coffee, we were feeling like gatecrashers as the two parties arrived and were clinking glasses around us.

Anyway, onto the food. Make sure you're pedantic with the waiter - he gave us the specials, and noted that there were only two scallops left. Foolishly, I thought he meant portions. Ha! Along came one lonely little bivalve perched on some pea puree with a rasher of bacon. The fact that it was such a delicious combination merely heightened my disappointment. (Interestingly, AWT made this recipe on TV, where he recommended four scallops per person. £7.95 for a single one seems a bit greedy.)

Aside from this, the other starter and the main courses were good - as you'd expect, the meat was full of flavour and tender, the chips were chunky and satisfying. Pudding was mediocre - chocolate cake that was very dry. Wine list was arguably limited, if, like me, you're into the New World. All in all, an evening that was more about good company than the venue and food. Expensive steak and chips.

Monday, March 27, 2006
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 6 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 3


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