All reader reviews by Sean
Why do so many people just not get it? Randall & Aubin is a drop-in stalwart for the young party-going Soho funsters who frequent it, not for a quiet destination dining experience on a rare trip to the West End. Get things in perspective, folks! Come here for fun, loud music, the buzz and a bit of reasonably priced comfort food with an aquatic bent. All seating is up high to make it feel like the casual diner that it is - not a formal restaurant. I judge a dinner/restaurant on the laughter and mood of fellow diners as well as food, wine and service. Everyone here always seem to be enjoying themselves - me included.
The waiters have attitude because that's what suits the place and that's what Soho is about. With that sassiness comes efficiency and professionalism too. These guys are not for fawning. I love it for what it gets right and also for its imperfections. And long may it reign.
Monday, April 04, 2011
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6
My favourite restaurant in the Hix chain, mostly because of the very cool basement bar. Intelligent British ingredients and cooking, great cocktails served in eccentric little glasses, mostly knowledgeable waiters.
My three gripes: Why are the receptionists always so rude, snooty and unsmiling? Why is the bar closed for private parties so often? Why is the wine list so overpriced?
Still, for the great food it's worth a visit. I recommend checking to make sure the bar is going to be open before you book, ignore the superiority complex in a suit at the desk and stick to wines by the glass.
Monday, March 07, 2011
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 5
POLPO! What is left to say about this place?
I hate the fact that don't take evening bookings which means that you all always have to wait 45 minutes plus to eat if you arrive after 7pm. It's better now that they have a basement bar serving Campari and cichetti but I would much prefer to be able to reserve.
The food is noticeably better than when it first opened 18 months ago - perhaps the chef is more assured or their success has allowed more research and menu development? Who knows? But Goat Cheese, Walnut and Grape Bruschetta is a revelation and the Mackerel Tartare gets full marks from me every time - perfect. They make their own carta di musica too: gotta love that!
Like Polpetto, their tiny sibling above the French House, the wine list is limited, but the redeeming feature is the stunning Dolcetto d'Alba at £45.
Great music, good lighting. Has anyone else noticed that all the waiters have tattoos?
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 8