All reader reviews by Andrew Edkins
Having eaten at both Chapter two and its older sister - Chapter One on more than one occasion I find it difficult to relate the battering that Chapter Two has taken from previous comments?? Chapter Two is a very decent restaurant that offers very good value for money for those spoilt for choice in Blackheath Village. It isn’t perfect (the toilets are crying out for a make-over), but the food in my experience is well cooked, well presented, and served by staff that certainly don’t appear to show signs of being ripped off by the management (see previous comments about service charge). As for the limited choice and portion size – it is (in my experience) modelled on the fine dining restaurant experience (the ones run by famous name chefs like Ramsey, Roux, etc ). In very good restaurants you tend to get plates that are huge, with portions that look tiny. The portions at Chapter Two aren’t big, but the point is to enjoy the combination of flavours that chefs more expert than I have put together. If you want to ‘load up’ cheaply then go to the very good fish and chip shop opposite the station. I have never experienced bad food on any occasion at Chapter Two and it wouldn’t occur to me that they could serve bad food, but I have at other restaurants – and I complain there and then. Poor service is another matter and is more esoteric. Chapter Two is OK in this and the staff were attentive without being fussy and helped when asked. I got the impression they recognised me as a customer and not just the bill payer (unlike a certain ‘good’ restaurant in Greenwich). Chapter Two offers well constructed choices that form a complete local dining experience at a very reasonable price. Based on my experience of eating there I do hope that they continue to improve, but that is because I want to have an even nicer time there than I already do.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 8