All reader reviews by CulinarilyCuriousCouple


I'd been reading about this place for nearly a year and tonight we finally made it. I've run in the door and straight to the laptop: this restaurant is a goldmine! What an amazing space...very light, open & airy but warm and not echoey, amazing art on the walls, a bit of dramatic lighting...very welcoming. The service was educated, but still warm and personal...some of the best I've had in London. The food...delicious. So fresh. So perfectly cooked. Red mullet with chorizo and carmelized carrots was the special of the evening...fantastic. The fish was crisp on the outside, tender and succulant on the inside. The chorizo and carrots were sweet and pungent next to the tender and tasty fish. Mister's beef was very tender if not over the top in flavor, but was served with a green tomato side which was the perfect compliment. (I'm ordering that next time!) He wasn't wild about his cherry and vanilla pancake terrine...nor was I. But by that point my tastebuds were having an out-of-body experience on Camambert ice cream. I was questioned by the waitress if I knew Camembert because some people find it too strong...I said bring it on! With the red wine biscotti it was nothing I've ever experienced before. On it's own it was a bit overpowering. Mister thought it was the grossest thing he's ever had and wasn't shy about sharing those observations with me...but he's an ice cream addict, so it needs to be sweet for him. But for me, the cheese glutton, it was really fun. In short: we've found a new South Thames favorite and we can't wait to go back!!!

Friday, May 05, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

The Garrison Public House

We can't help but love this place...the ambiance is very, very special. Sure Eye Patch Waiter is probably in the wrong industy, as are some of his colleagues, but the dinner starters and mains are consistantly delicious. While it would be a nice place to start the day on weekends, I can't stomach the price of breakfast and don't see any value for money there (for £4 we expected a generous smoothie, but got a short, mean little serving). But back to their core competency: dinner. The onion brioche and mushroom starter is too gorgeous not to be the naughtiest thing I've eaten in weeks! Too yum! They do fish very well, whether it's from the menu or the specials board. I know I've left feeling a bit neglected on previous visits, but we were lucky to have the really sweet, professional curly-haired South African chick wait on us last night...we were grateful! The decor alone is worth a try for first-timers...but you'll go back for the food.

Saturday, April 22, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 6

Il Bordello

Buzzing, lively trattoria-tyle setting for some of the best Italian food we've had in London. Be careful when ordering a starter and main, as the portions are enormous. Everything we've had has been consistantly good...the delicious pizzas and seafood pasta have never disappointed. Our only complaint is that it gets sweltering hot in there, even on cool Spring evenings. The service is attentive, although not exactly friendly. But the food is enough to keep bringing us back.

Saturday, April 08, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8

New Thai Garden

Often the best thai food in London...but there is a cook in rotation who sometimes doesn't quite hit the mark. Otherwise, amazing red and green curries. The chicken is always oist and tender regardless of the dish. Makes for excellent take-away, and is a nice-enough restaurnat, provided you sit at the front of the restaurant...otherwise you are part of the guts of the delivery operation. The soups are excellent, as is the Special Fried Rice. Tasty, well-spiced thai at its best.

Saturday, April 08, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7

The Yellow House Restaurant

We wanted the Yellow House to be as exciting as the design of the facade and the interior suggests it might be, but after 3 disappointing attempts (1 breakfast and 2 dinners) we've given up. The service has been lackadaisical at best. The Pizza of the Day was one of the most bland, disappointing pizzas I've ever made Pizza Express taste like gourmet. The breakfast menu offered eggs, eggs and more eggs and very little else which tempted me to come back. The adorable, chatty chef makes such an effort to stop by the tables to welcome diners, but his charm alone cannot carry the listless service and average food.

Saturday, April 08, 2006
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 4

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