All reader reviews by Ros
I'm afraid I disagree with most of the reviews here. While the service was fine, I found the food to be, at best, bland and not at all worth the money you pay for it.
When a dish is decibed as spicy it shouldn't taste like its been flavoured solely with tomato puree. In fact most of the dishes we tried were loaded with tomato- that was four mains, and two sides. Even the biryani tasted just of tomato.
Also, they do not seem to know their cocktails well enough. I'm sure a margarita is supposed to be a short lime and tequila cocktail, not a large glass of pineapple juice with three olives in it! They have the cheek to charge £7 for that..
The atmosphere was ok- alittle bit noisy and I found the decor looked sterile but nothing horrendoud
I would not recommend this restaurant.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Food 4 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 1
After my last, very negative, review I contacted the manager of Saran Rom to complain. After watching the CCTV recording of our meal, she was thoroughly appalled at her staff's behaviour and made a full apology to us.
We were invited back and the difference was amazing. Our waiter, Greg, deserves a special mention. He had a good knowledge of the menu and was very friendly and efficient.
This time the food was consisitently good. In particular the crispy fish with mango sauce stood out. The Irish coffee is definitely worth getting at the end of the meal, if only to see the spectacle of how it is made!
It appears this restaurant is usually excellent and it is a shame that the staff were not properly behaved on our first visit. However, it seems the managers have taken steps to make sure this will not happen again.
I am glad to say that I can now thoroughly recommend Saran Rom as a very good place to eat.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7
I stopped by here for a tapas lunch on a Sunday and was very impressed. The prices are reasonable and the portion sizes are fairly large. The artichoke hearts were wonderfully fresh and tasty. The chorizo in red wine was possibly the best I have had and the calamari wasn’t bad either.
The service was a little slow but not enough to really be a bother. The only thing that wasn’t great was the wine selection. They could do with selling more by the glass. In the end I had a half bottle of a white Rioja, which was very good, but I would have liked more choice.
A good sized lunch for two people cost me about £25 with drinks. I think that was very reasonable indeed and I certainly will be going back.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
After trying out Memsaab (next door to Deep) I felt compelled to visit the other three restaurants at Imperial Wharf. Deep was next on my list and, rather conveniently, I found it it at the right time to give a birthday treat to a fan of Scandinavian and seafood restaurants.
We arrived at Deep late on a Saturday night. Only three other tables were taken but the place still had a pleasant relaxed atmosphere. The decor here is simple. The walls are plain apart from displaying the restaurant’s name and each of the pure white tables is simply decorated with a single red rose.
The service here is possibly the best I have experienced in London. The staff are informal and very friendly but extremely competent and efficient. We began the evening with two glasses of the house champagne. It was very good stuff indeed!
The selection of dishes on the menu turned out to be small but each sounded very good. The selection of unusual scandinavian fish was not available when we went but I guess it is not the right season for them. I chose the selection of herrings followed by steamed monkfish with eggs and prawn. My dining partner had a chilled smoked tomato soup with crab, followed by a sea bream fillet with orange and cumin.
Our amuse-bouche arrived just after we ordered. It was a deep fried battered anchovy with spooful of mashed potato. This was pleasant but I couldn’t help feeling that there are nicer things to do with anchovies.
I was very pleased when our starters arrived. My herrings were fantastic! They came with four different marinades: pickle, sweet onion pickle, dill and mustard, and sherry vinegar. Each one was delicious. The tomato soup was also very good. It was similar to a gazpacho but with a subtle smokey flavour and came topped with a lemon yoghurt and some fresh crab meat.
The main courses were also faultless. My monkfish was perfectly cooked. The sea bream fillet had a beautifully crisp skin and the accompanying orange and cumin broth was truly delicious.
There is virtually nothing to complain about in Deep. My one small gripe was with the unpriced section of the starters. Four or five things were set at the “current market price.” Perhaps it is just me, but I feel embarrassed having to ask the prices and it put me off ordering any of those items.
I would say that Deep is very slightly overpriced. Mains average at about £18 and starters at around £8. Having said that, it is a great restaurant in what will soon become a very fashionable area and these prices are to be expected. It is certainly worth a visit for a special occasion.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6
After passing Kishmish on my way home a few times and being impressed by the decor of their front room, I investigated further. It turned out that the diners on this site were raving about it and so I felt compelled to give it a try.
I’m afraid I was quite disappointed. The decor is beautiful but that is all that is noteworthy about this place. On arriving we were greeted by the manager who was obviously flustered by the number of guests in the restaurant. We were shown into their rear dining room. This was beautifully decorated but a bit crammed and the seats were not very comfortable. The service was well meaning but inept. Our waiter was obviously trying hard but came close to taking the wrong order a couple of times. When I quickly corrected him he did point out that “no one had ordered that from him before.” He must have been quite new - at least I hope that was the reason.
It took them 20 minutes to realise that the starter i ordered was not in stock. When the staff were not actively dealing with customers, they acted as if the room was empty, throwing things onto the recently vacated tables as if no one else was in the room.
When the starters arrived they were beautifully presented. My second choice of Fish Vapunada (sp?) was delicious. The brie pakora was pleasant but less inspiring and the three way chicken tikka was a touch dry. I was deeply disappointed by my roast duck main course. It was overcooked and dry. The sauce was lovely and the red spinach wasn’t bad. It seems the other red meats were average but the chicken was, in general, very dry.
The wine list ranged from £14 to £65 and had a few you could order by the glass.I chose a glass of Argentinian Torrontes to accompany my meal. It was a reasonably good wine, perhaps a little overpriced, but still worth getting.
The price of the meal averaged at £25 per person with drinks. I think that this was a little too expensive for what we got.
Kishmish is aiming for the top end of the Indian restaurant market but falling very short. The menu promises a lot, but if you are trying to break away from the high street curry house, you need to be able to cook your speciality dishes properly. Unfortunately, Kishmish failed to deliver. If you are in Fulham, I’m afraid I’d have to recommend you try Memsaab, which is not far away and is a proper top end Indian restaurant. Either that or else find a good cheap old-style curry house. Better that than go for this failing middle price restaurant.
Friday, July 14, 2006
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 4
Memsaab is one of the relatively new breed of Indian restaurants aiming for the highest end of the market. It has achieved this very well, providing excellent quality food in beautifully decorated surroundings. The restaurant is very stylish with brightly coloured pictures of ground spices on the walls and little painted pots dotted around. The staff are excellent. They are very polite and, on the whole, very efficient.
It is rare that one finds a restaurant menu which leaves you so completely spoilt for choice. Everything looks amazing from the squid and mango starter to the Syrian duck main course and the rice brulee dessert. I sat for ages deciding between four or five of each of the starter and main sections. In the end I chose scallops with chilli and coriander followed by a giant prawn curry.
I’m always pleasantly suprised when an amuse-bouche arrives. I don’t think I’ve ever had one in an Indian restaurant before. It was a very pleasant fruit lassi.
The starters come in very generous portions. I had five scallops, three of which were absolutely perfect. The other two were just a touch overcooked. I would never have thought of preparing scallops with such strong flavours but the result was very good. They came with a very pleasant salad of coriander and beetroot.
My main dish, a Bengali giant prawn curry with saffron rice, was also excellent. The dish was very mild and creamy and had four huge prawns. Even the naan bread was perfect. My food was accompanied by a French sauvingon-blanc. This was average but it was one of the cheaper wines on the list. The full wine menu was huge and ranged in price from £15 to £200.
Since we arrived so late there was no time for dessert but the selection looks great. Two starters and two main courses with rice and a shared naan bread costs around £50. Personally, I thought this was very good value for money.
Memsaab is open until 11:30pm and, sadly for my bank balance, does take-aways. Try out this little gem of a restaurant before everyone else finds it and you find yourself having to book weeks in advance!
Monday, July 03, 2006
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8
The Renezio is a very pleasant and well priced Italian eaterie. The decor is reminiscent of a 1950’s diner with lots of black and white photos and old film pictures on the walls. Sometimes I feel that the tables are a little packed together in there but if you go late enough it doesn’t feel too crowded.
The food is simple Italian fare done well. I particularly like the veal canelloni. The snails and garlic starter is also very good. On the whole, it is nothing to write home about, but for well under £20 per person you will get a very good two-course meal with wine. It is definitely worth a visit.
Friday, June 23, 2006
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 9
I'm glad to see that Friends has now found its way onto this website. I was lucky enough to eat here in late February as a belated Valentine's day treat. The restaurant is situated on the very picturesque high street in Pinner in a charming 16th century building. The decor in the dining rooms is simple but stylish and complements the black timbered walls nicely. The only gripe I had with the general atmosphere here was the music which was eclectic in a bad way.
The service here is excellent. There were minor communication problems which led to us being asked our orders twice but I guess nowhere is perfect! The staff are very friendly and on this evening had the time to chat to some of the customers after their meals, which added to the pleasantly relaxed atmosphere.
It is no surprise that this place has been featured in the Michelin guide. The food is top quality and so beautifully presented you’d think they’d spent hours arranging things on plates. Somehow they manage to produce the dishes in a few minutes and the results are still excellent. I started with a game bird terrine which came with a lovely orange zest sauce. I was in my kitchen for weeks after trying to replicate it! I ordered the salmis of woodcock to follow. Unfortunately it was off but, guessing that I liked game, the chef offered to make me a venison dish that was not on the menu. It is not often you find a restaurant so accommodating. In the end I opted for the lobster with pistachio risotto and champagne sauce. I found the risotto to be a little too sticky but the lobster itself was beautiful as was the sauce. We finished with a tarte tatin with a cinnamon ice-cream. This was good, nothing very special, but again the presentation was stunning.
Of course, you get what you pay for and Friends isn't what you would call cheap. It would be unfair to say it was overpriced but I have had food of equally good quality for less money further away from London. Having said that, this is an excellent place to take someone for a romantic dinner on a special occasion. Definitely recommended.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6
After reading the reviews of Saigon Saigon here, I was very excited. I have to say that the ratings see a little enthusiastic. True, it is a good restaurant, but ratings of 8.5+ seem a bit much.
One thing to note is, if you happen to be there late on a Saturday night and are sitting by the front window, the very pleasant atmosphere of the restaurant is a bit tarnished by the bass beat of the nightclub or pub downstairs. You get used to it after a while, but it is irritating to begin with.
The staff here are excellent. Despite having a few problems with his English, our waiter was very helpful in telling us about the menu and making reccomendations. The decor and general atmosphere of the place is also very pleasant.
I found the food to be good but not amazing. The presentation was the best thing about it. Perhaps I am just not used to Vietnamese food (this was my first time trying it) but I would have to say that I have been more impressed by the Thai restaurants in the area. In particular the "mekong catfish" was a bit lacking in flavour. However the " breaded soft shell crab" starter and the "beef on the fire" main were very pleasant. The other dishes were good, but not exceptionally so.
The meal did turn out to be excellent value for money, coming to £70 for two fairly hungry people. This included two courses and a mid price bottle of wine and the service charge.
In short I would recommend this restaurant. It is definitely good value for money.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Food 6 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9