All reader reviews by Trevor
We ate at Caffe Vergnano last night before a concert. We did not experience any of the service or time pressure problems referred to in earlier reviews, so maybe they've got those aspects sorted.
But the food itself was disappointing and poor value for money. I could give several examples but the worst costwise was a sea bass dish for seventeen quid that comprised three small pieces of fish on a small circle of spinach. Nothing else. I'd guess total cost of ingredients (even if you bought the sea bass as a retail punter at Borough Market, say) can't have been more than three quid. That's some gross margin!
Great decor. I suppose they have to recover the fit out costs somehow.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Food 4 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 2
Lunched at Artisan with two friends on 13 November. We were unanimous in our praise for every aspect of the experience.
Having all ordered from the £25 lunch menu, we were delighted to be treated in addition to a series of amuse-bouches that really tickled the tastebuds. Goats cheese ball rolled in white chocolate and sprinkled with olive crumbs, anyone? Believe me, it works! The slow roast pork belly for main course had a delectable stickiness to the crackling, with melt in the mouth pork underneath. Scrumptious tarte tatin for dessert.
The service was informative but not intrusive.
If this was a loss leader, it has worked, because I shall be returning for an evening a la carte before too long.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10
Diners need to appreciate (Giles Coren please note) that this is a refurbished and renamed establishment, formerly Bel Air House. Any reviews pre March 2006 are irrelevant.
The new cuisine is Franco-Japanese. Four of us had the degustation menu that included a perfectly cooked and nicely sticky black cod, as well as a generous portion of wagyu beef - the whole menu was £55 whereas wagyu a la carte was £45 on its own! So go for it.
There have been several lukewarm reviews which we all thought misguided, although have to agree that the decor is a bit off the wall. And someone should tell Gilesey that instead of spending one and a half hours driving from one corner of London to get to Dulwich in the south, the petal could have got a train from Victoria in 12 mins. Bless
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7
Simply can't agree with last review - party of four of us last night including two chefs were unanimous in our praise. The crab lasagne was not bland, it was very delicate and subtle.
We had two and a half bottles of wine (the half being a superb Monbazillac) and our bill came out at around £55 a head which for prime London three course meal is good value. We pay that down in the 'burbs!
Friday, February 24, 2006
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9