All reader reviews by davey_boy

Clos Maggiore

My girfriend and I went to Clos Maggiore to celebrate our anniversary on Sunday evening, taking advantage of the special 3 courses for £19.50 deal.

From the moment we entered to the moment we left the staff were polite, friendly and welcoming, always smiling and happy to offer advice and assitance. the restaurant itself is a converted georgian house and we were seated in the conservatory complete with retracting roof. It was ceratinly an intimate and romantic setting although perhaps less well suited to a group celebration.

I was a little intimitdated by the wine list which is about the size of an argos catalogue and certainly one of the first i have seen with the necessity for a contents page! We managed to find a nice bottle of French white for under £25 but I was certainly out of my depth.

With this deal you are limited to a choice of 3 dishes for each course but despite this we both had difficulty choosing and would have been happy with at least 2 of the options in each case. The food we ordered was lovely, with just the right amount of time between courses and no stingy portions either. The desserts to cap it off were a work of art!

With a bottle of wine, 2 bottles of mineral water and 3 courses each plus service charge this came in at around £80 which for the quality of the food, service and surroundings was certainly very good value I felt.

I will certainly go back and take advantage of this deal again, although I think the regular prices may sadly be a little out of my price range!

Friday, September 19, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

El Pirata

I went there on Valentines Day as a special treat, and it certainly was! Delicious tapas, hearty proportions and excellent service. The atmosphere was lively, yet remained intimate - which is often difficult to find on Valentines Day.

We were a little late for our table but that wasn't a problem and the very friendly staff were more that accommodating.

Saturday, February 16, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


Went there on Thursday evening and took advantage of the 50% food offer. Had the chicken liver terrine which wasn't my cup of tea. The seafood risotto was full of flavour but not amazing and the chocolate fondant with coconut ice cream superb. My guest had the truffle soup, one of the pasta dishes and the tiramisu all of which she said were delicious.

The atmosphere and decor of the place was classy and comfortable and the service very good.

With a bottle of wine and the 50% offer the meal worked out at about £30 per head including service which was good value. However I'm not sure that the food, despite the attractiveness of its presentation, was tasty enough for me to have forked out another £35 on it.

Monday, April 02, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


When trying to book a table here recently it appears that this restaurant has now sadly closed for business.

Monday, March 26, 2007
Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0

My Old Dutch (Holborn)

Went here on Friday night in a group of about 13. Had a lovely mixed Dutch Hor'Deuves platter with some health portions of gouda and edam and some roll mops whichmy friend said were the best he has ever had! Followed this with some lovely pancakes which were deceptively filling. All agreed the food was lovely and at just over £20 per head for 2 courses and a healthy amount of alcohol every one was happy they had good value for money. The service was friendly but the waitresses were ceratinly skilled at avoiding eye contact and we generally had to grab someone whenever we wanted more drinks. All in all a good night out and some lovely grub!

Monday, December 12, 2005
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

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