All reader reviews by Gary M, Putney

Royal China (Putney)

Food is very good, staff have always been very polite. Not the cheapest place in Putney but still not going to break the bank. Only negative is that they only take American Express or cash. How many people give it a miss or can't be bothered because they don't take Switch, VISA or Mastercard.

Monday, July 24, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

Gourmet Burger Kitchen (Putney)

I agree with all the reviews here. Very good burgers but not a perfect experience. The buns could be better and I don't like the relish you get on them much. The cheeseburger is probably my fav - keep it simple, however there are loads of choices. If you order chips as well you'll probably struggle. Best to share... especially if you have a milkshake (very good). Can be busy at times and feel a little rushed but overall a good eat. I would say the best burger in Putney is at the Queen Adelaide pub on Putney Bridge Road.

Monday, July 24, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Chakalaka (Putney)

I first came to Chakalaka about a year ago and both the service and food were fantastic. This time we went on Sunday and were very disappointed. The purpose of the visit was for 4 of us to try the “all you can eat” ribs for £11.95. When we arrived they made an effort to find us a table because we hadn’t reserved which I was impressed with. The staff were really friendly and they took our order, everyone having ribs. When it arrived they were juicy and tender, complete with chips and salad. You get a full rack but if you want more, they bring a half rack each time to avoid waste – not a problem. However this is when it started to go down hill.

We had to ask for finger bowls which you’d expect to get without asking. They forgot to bring the water we asked for as well as vinegar. The second portion must have taken at least 30 minutes to arrive so my chips I’d saved were cold. When they did arrive they were very tough and chewy. My guess is that they ran out of slow roasted ribs and just cooked these quickly. This is why you have to roast them for 2-3 hours but they should have had enough to cope. We complained about the food and the girl serving didn’t really seem too bothered. I complained a second time when she was clearing the table and asked if it was because they had run out. She said she was sorry and she’d ask the chef. After complaining, the table next to us overheard and said their ribs were good to start and then got tough. She didn’t come back to let us know what the chef had to say. When the bill arrived they’d automatically added service which we asked not to pay. My friend, on her way back from the toilets, caught the waitress roll her eyes at a colleague when we said we didn’t want to pay service.

When the change arrived it was brought to us by the manager and we told her the problem. The table next to us backed us up and said there’s were tough also. Not once did she offer us anything, a free round of drinks, some money off etc. I will say that the food at other tables looked great, especially the seafood platter. What was such a great restaurant with good food and service has now left a bitter taste in my mouth. There was a happy ending though. We used the money they would have received for a tip and entered in the pub quiz at Spotted Horse and won first prize... £25

Monday, July 24, 2006
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 3 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 4

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