All reader reviews by charlie


Have been here sevreal times but have never bothered to write a review (shame on me) but after last week's lunch I feel compelled. Myself and my guest ate from the amazingly good value lunch menu and the food was stunning, and I mean stunning. I'm always amazed it isnt fuller, it should be.I can only guess it suffers from not having a 'celebrity chef'.

All I can say is, if you havent been, then try it !

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 10


Having been many times to Almeida and had great food and service, my last two visits have been very poor. The service is woeful and disinterested and the food has really slipped in standard.

£16.50 for roast beef sunday lunch consistented of a small slice of beef, three admitedly decent roast potatoes, and a bizarre bowl of very dry broad beans (cut in half?!) some dry peas and a soggy baby carrot that I think had been boiling since the Sunday before.

Such a shame that a great place has lost its way. Almedia beware, Islington is the grave yard of average restaurants...

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 3


Viajante appears to polarise opinion and having been several times myself with various groups of friends, I can only conclude that I must be getting special treatment! Seriously though, having eaten at Hospital Road, The Ledbury, Hibiscus, Marcus Wareing, Heston's Dinner and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester this year, the 9 course meal I had at Viajante last month simply blew all of the others away. I wont deconstruct every dish we had, suffice to say, I consider it to be one of the finest meals I've ever had. As did, the three people I was with.

Clearly its not the type of place you visit every month, but if you do want to try some wonderfully fun, experimental and delicious food (and yes, some of the courses can be a challenge to the palate but that is half the experience!) then you need to try it for yourself.

As for AA Gills comments, I really can’t reconcile them with my experience at all. Then again, when a reviewer spends the first 75% of his review talking about utter nonsense, I guess it’s not a surprise.

Friday, July 29, 2011
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

Canonbury Kitchen

If you are looking for an Italian with 100+ dishes on the menu then this is not the place for you. However, if you are looking for an Italian with a modest but extremely interesting menu with a few modern twists then I would highly recommend a visit. We throughly enjoyed all of our courses (had no room left for dessert) and will certainly be returning on a regular basis on the evidence of the delicious food we had.

Service was polite and unobtrusive and we also had a pleasant chat with the owner at the end of our meal.

There is a nice little cocktail bar just next door which is perfect for a pre-dinner drink as well.

Friday, July 29, 2011
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

Akari Japanese Kitchen and Bar

I feel the people are missing the point with this place. Its NOT a fancy west end restaurant and nor does it pretend to be – thank god it isnt. IT IS a very authentic Japanese kitchen serving deliciously authentic Japanese food and my review is on this premise. Sure the service can be a little frantic at busy times but that is the charm of the place. The all Japanese staff are extremely friendly, especially if you take the time to engage them in conversation.

I live next door to the place and have literally been 20 times or more. In fact I go once a week and haven’t had a bad meal yet.

I find it hard to reconcile the previous reviewer’s comment about the food being expensive. We (my girlfriend and me) normally get 5/6 dishes and a couple of beers (they have a great choice of Japanese beers) and leave full and happy every time for £30-35. Terrific value for money in my opinion.

I almost dont wont to post this review in case it tempts more people to go as the place is getting fuller and fuller every month and its harder to just wander in and grab a table these days.

It’s a wonderfully charming little place which, if you live in the area, is certainly worth a visit.

Sunday, January 13, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's

As a regular visitor to Claridges, is it just me or has the quality of the food slipped recently? I was here for lunch just before Xmas and the food wasnt as sensational as usual. Everybody is entitled to an off day I guess - I'd just prefer it if it wasnt on the day I went.

Service remains the best in London. Faultless and friendly.

Despite the 'off day', I'd certainly go again. If only to confirm that it was an off day and not something more serious.

Sunday, January 13, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

Tom Aikens

I have been here for dinner twice and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. I am fortunate to dine out with work on regular occasions at London's top restaurants and this remains my favorite place.

Service is impeccable and (I have always found) friendly and very helpful.

Every one of my guests has enjoyed every course they have eaten.

Yes, it is expensive but its a price worth paying for food and service of this standard. I would happily go back again and again.

Sunday, January 13, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

The Harbour

The best I can say about The Harbour was that it was very (very) average. If your wandering up Upper Street on a wet Saturday evening you could do worse than stumble in here. However, there are several other places that I would choose if I had the option.

I am a competent home cook and would certainly give this chef a run for his money. Food was, well, average. So average I havent the energy to even write about it.

Oh, and the 20 mins it took to get the bill almost saw me walk out. Indeed, I would have if it wasn’t for my girlfriend holding me back to avoid any potential embarrassment.

In conclusion, I wouldn’t hurry back.

Sunday, January 13, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 4


Inventive menu with something for every taste. Food was really enjoyable and the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed. At £89 (for two) for 3 courses, a bottle of wine and 2 champagne cocktails (requested rather than feeling obliged to have as appears to be the trend these days), myself and my partner both thought it was great value compared to the cash cow signature restaurants of some of the more well known ‘celebrity’ chefs in the west end.

My parents are visiting next weekend and I plan to take them to Inside – say no more!

Sunday, May 21, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

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