All reader reviews by Nick

The Ambassador

I went here on the basis of a special offer - 50% off food - and am glad I did. The food was delicious and we would not have felt short-changed if we'd paid full price. My fish dish was exquisite, with the meat so chunky and skin so crispy - it was perfect. Puddings were rich and tasty. The wine was a little disappointing though - perfectly drinkable, but not exactly 'mmm' (no, it wasn't the house).

Unfortunately their use of the special offer hadn't really drawn in many other punters and the place was very quiet. This meant that the service was good though.

If I had to return here then that would be fine, but I'm not going to hurry up and do so, when there are so many other equally-decent similarly-priced places to visit.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 7

Mirch Masala (East London)

This place is phenomenal. I live just up the road and am a frequent visitor, especially for takeaway, which somehow they can do in 15 minutes, every time. They are very charming and are happy to round down the bill, things like that, without asking.

The food and prices are the big draw here, though. The curries are maybe the best I've had in the UK (and I've had a few), whilst the grills easily match those at Tayyab just up the road (the curries there are less good than at Mirch M). I have made people who profess to have no appetite eat lots just by getting some MM curry, bringing it back and opening it up... I always over-order just to have leftovers...! Mmmmm...

and as for value - five of us stuffed ourselves and had some left over for £40 the other day (takeaway).

It's brilliant!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 10

The Princess of Shoreditch

The upstairs dining room is beautifully decorated and the food here is delicious. It is of the standard of a decent restaurant and is not very 'pubby' in the way that e.g. The Eagle or The Coach and Horses are - but it is none the worse for that.

Service was very friendly and of a high standard, to match the food. Pudding wine went down a treat.

It is not that cheap, but worth it, definitely!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

The Gun

Had a lovely lunch at The Gun yesterday, bank holiday Monday. One thing I didn't realise was that they serve Sunday lunch menu (mainly roasts) on Bank Holidays - but that was fine with us, as it was our first visit.

Food - excellent, especially for somewhere that's 'only' a gastropub. The foie gras terrine was delicious or, to use a Michael Winner-ism (as my girlfriend unwittingly did) "historic". The prawns were a bit fiddly and had a lot of eggs on, but the portion size was excellent - and we didn't run out of aioli (very important). The vegetarian main was superb, the roast lamb merely very good, and the vegetable sides also excellent, especially the cabbage. Rarely for us, we couldn't finish our mains, despite taking as much time as we could over the meal - so we didnt get to try pudding.

Wine - also excellent. We tried two reds and two whites and all were characterful, distinctive, tasted as they were 'supposed' to (according to my knowledge of wine, anyway). I was seriously impressed and they have clearly got someone good sourcing their bottles.

Service - charming and helpful. Knowledgeable about the menu and nothing was too much trouble, though our request to slow down the meal (as we were very full) did not appear to get through (there was spare space, so they weren't trying to get rid of us).

Atmosphere - good, and there is a choice of places to sit - at the bar, at a table near the bar, in a leather armchair, in a "proper" restaurant (where we were), outside (NB you cannot book outside tables and they are very popular). Calling the toilets 'Horatio' and 'Emma' was a nice reference to the pub's history and a reminder that we were not in any old central London restaurant.

Value - excellent. Portions were huge and uniformly delicious. The wines we had were £3-6 per (175ml) glass, which for the quality is excellent value. Total cost, including a G&T each as well, and service, was just over £90.

Recommended!! We will be back! And it is actually quite easy to get to from Canary Wharf tube/ DLR.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

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