All reader reviews by Jules

Mugen Restaurant

Very good sushi, decent tempura, pork katsu curry was excellent as well. Service was very friendly and efficient but very much more canteen-style than restaurant but that's fine for lunchtimes in the City. Very generous lunch for 2 came to just over £50 (no wine) Good value for the quality and considering the location - wouldn't go back every day but every so often for a treat, or if someone else is paying, it'll be near the top of my list.

Monday, June 23, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

The Butcher & Grill (Battersea)

Visited the B&G as part of a group of 12 for Sunday lunch recently. The food was very good but it is extremely expensive for what you get. Once you've ordered a steak (or whatever meat) plus a couple of sides as they come with no veg or chips etc, then you're easily going to pass £20 for a main course and whilst it's good, it's not THAT good! The wine list on the other hand is quite reasonable and we had a few bottles of an absolutely gorgeous Argentinian Malbec for c. £20 a bottle.

Anyway, on to the service: in a word, atrocious. For the first time ever we collectively refused to pay any service charge whatsoever. The delay between ordering and receiving drinks was 20 minutes! Half an hour after ordering our mains we received half a basket of bread - between 12! The waitress said she'd put some more in the 'oven' for us. 15 minutes later a bit more arrived. We had to wait one hour for our main courses (we didn't go for starters) and when the mains finally arrived it was 20 minutes from the first plate of meat hitting the table until the last side-dish was delivered - with repeated requests for each side dish, many re-confirmations of our order and apparent complete confusion over the sauces, which were delivered last of all. The extremely laissez-faire (and one waiter was just downright rude) attitude of the staff made the prices here very difficult to swallow. They are quite baby-friendly though.

We won't be returning, either as a couple or as part of a group though as it's just not worth it - there are much, much better places locally.

Thursday, February 07, 2008
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 6 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 2


Great bar, not convinced by credentials as a restaurant though...

Had some great evenings here in the bar - they have excellent live music acts at weekends and a great atmosphere but eaten here twice recently and not been overly impressed.

A weekday evening meal wasn't bad, but just gastro-pub food really and expensive for what it is, a weekday lunch was pretty average - not bad value though. I appreciate that down this end of the Northcote Road they probably don't get a lot of lunchtime trade on a weekday hence a limited prix-fixe menu. It's pretty unimaginative (Sausage & Mash, Fish & Chips or a Salad) but at £10.50 for two courses or £12.50 for three, it doesn't break the bank - it does, however, take aeons to arrive! We didn't opt for a desert as 2 course had taken the best part of 2 hours - and there were only one or two other customers!

Better places to go locally...

Friday, June 29, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 5

Numero Uno (Clapham)

Definitely the best Italian on the Northcote Road...

Have eaten here several times over the last year and I will keep returning. It is a very friendly, old-fashioned family-run Italian restaurant. Recently went there for Saturday lunch with our 2-week old baby and his grand parents and the staff couldn't do enough for us - a lovely and genuine example of the very family-centric Italian culture. The food was excellent - the starters all fresh and good, Sea Bass was very fresh and delicious, the lobster linguine excellent (and amazing value!) and the pasta Susannah York delicious too. Deserts from the trolley aren't usually their strong point but they were all very good too.

highly recommended.

Friday, June 29, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Bombay Bicycle Club (Balham)

Had been to the BBC on Nightingale Lane a couple of times about a year ago as it's very local and on neither occasion was I particularly impressed - the food wasn't as good as the BBC take-away (the one on Queenstown Road at least), the portions were very meagre and it was extremely expensive. I heard however that the group was under new ownership recently so a return was in order...

went there last Friday and I have to say I was very impressed - the portions weren't huge but they were enough, the food was excellent - prawn puree starter was made with fresh king prawns - and loads of them - and was delicious, onion bhajiis perfectly crispy, chicken Korma and lamb bhuna mains clearly made with high-quality fresh ingredients and one of the best naan breads around! It's still quite pricey but at least the expense is starting to be justified!

I noticed other reviewers have commented on the clumsiness of the staff - we didn't experience it ourselves but a couple of tables around us were being served by an unbelievably clumsy waitress - it was very funny to watch (perhaps not so funny to be on the receiving end of though...)

Friday, June 29, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

The Painted Heron

Having been an ardent fan of and regular visitor to The Painted Heron for several years, I was dismayed to read the previous posts, however my last visit in Feb this year bore these out as it was slightly disappointing, with a stunted menu and some relatively poorly executed dishes.

I returned last night with a slight feeling of trepidation that my favourite restaurant was in decline, but can happily report that it's still up there with the best and, if anything, is better than ever!

The Menus are back to their former full-selection glory - such classics as the Strawberry Curry and Rack of Lamb are back (still waiting to see the Veal Koftas back on the menu!) and the service is still very friendly and not too posh. I went with several friends last night and they all proclaimed it the best Indian food they'd ever eaten and are all now firm fans. If you like food of excellent quality in generous portions, with adventurous and imaginative recipes, well presented and in a great atmosphere, you really can't fault The Painted Heron.

I for one will keep returning!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

Akash Tandoori (Northcote Rd)

Cheap and cheerful. Refurbished to a decent standard, staff are very friendly and the service is pretty decent. The massive portions don't really make up for the lack of quality of the food though. It's not a particularly bad restaurant, but it can't compete with what else is on offer locally - Indian and other. With so many decent eateries around the Northcote Road, Akash doesn't really give you a reason to return...although it is extremely cheap!

Monday, June 04, 2007
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 3 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6


If you go to Le Bouchon expecting michelin-starred cuisine and service, you'll be disappointed, but if you go in a group - and I'm sure that this is the best way to enjoy this restaurant - expecting great french bistro food, friendly - if a little inefficient - service and a wonderful, informal evening with your mates, you'll get it!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 8

Banana Tree (Clapham)

Decent food and friendly, efficient service. Great place for a cheap and cheerful meal or a quick snack!

Friday, August 04, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8

The Gaylord

Definitely one of the better Indians in South-West London. Food is excellent - although not particularly adventurous - and it's very good value: The bill for 6 (with mains, rice/naan, a couple of sides and one or two beers) was £90 inc. service! A lot cheaper (and better) than it's namesake in the west-end...

I don't think I'd make a special journey to go to The Gaylord, but as a local-ish resident, it will be top of my list when I just fancy a ruby! If you're in the area - Northcote Rd/Clapham Junc. - then well worth paying them a visit.

Monday, April 10, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 9

The Painted Heron

Ama regular at 'The Heron' in Chelsea, so this branch has a lot to live up to! The menu is more comprehensive, but less sophisticated than the Chelsea branch's and therefore a bit cheaper but there are quiet a few common dishes. The standard of the cooking and the service are just as high though. If you want the Venison, Veal, Pigeon, crab etc dishes, you'll need to go to Chelsea, if you just want outstanding and original Indian food (at an even more amazing price!), the Kennington branch is just fine!

Thursday, November 24, 2005
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


Great food, good service, good atmosphere. As a previous reviewer, we've just moved in round the corner and will become regulars here. There's a friendly bar at the front, and quiet a large split up dining area out the back. The decor and ambience is friendly as is the service. The food is typically traditional Italian. There's no attempt to 'fuse' it with asian or south american or antarctic food, it's just what you'd expect from good Italian food, done pretty well. Wine list is good, but house red is excellent anyway - usually a mark of a good eatery in my book - and draft Peroni is a good touch too!

Thursday, November 24, 2005
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 8

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