All reader reviews by Martin

The Devonshire by Gordon Ramsay

As others have said, this is a very nice gastropub. Food, service and atmosphere are spot on.

Monday, November 02, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


I'm always at a loss to see why this place is as popular as it is given the tremendous competition in the local area. Granted the place itself is nice, but beyond that this is an absolutely average restaurant - that applies to the service and the food equally. But if you have really low expectations you might be pleasantly surprised - the people going mad about it and giving it zero are exaggerating.

Monday, October 19, 2009
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 5

Cochin Brasserie

A real undiscovered gem. Delicious, inventive food cooked with fresh ingredients, served by pleasant, polite staff in a lovely atmosphere. Don't go here expecting your standard chicken tikka masala experience - this is authentic India food of a very high quality indeed, and at a very reasonable price.

I've eaten here many times and recommend it very highly indeed. This place genuinely is very special.

Monday, February 18, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10

Michael Moore

Oh dear me. Not good at all, I'm afraid. First the good stuff - nice location and the service is attentive and polite. And that's it. On the negative side, I don't remember ever coming across such a pretentious menu in my life. Why elk and not venison? Why does the fish course have to be barracuda? Why does the risotto have chocolate in it? This pretension extends to the rest of the restaurant - even the gents toilet has a trumpet in it, just sitting there on a shelf as if to say yes, that's right, this is the sort of place where there's a trumpet in the toilet - we're just that cool.

On the evidence of the food itself the guy seems to be a decent chef and knows how to cook - both the duck and even the accursed elk were nicely done. But many of the ingredients are clearly just there for show rather than enhancing the taste, and ultimately the culinary experience is unsatisfactory. On top of this they are priced towards the top end of the market with a la carte mains at around £30, which is I'm afraid punching above their weight.

Basically if you find the idea of elk or chocolate-infused risotto exciting then this is the place for you - if you like good food then sorry but you'd be better off trying somewhere else.

Monday, February 18, 2008
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 3 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 1

Carluccio's (Putney)

A little better than others have indicated - possibly they have got their act together a bit in the last six months. We ate auite late so the place was almost empty - so the very few waiting staff there were able to serve us fairly well. Food wasn't bad at all. The wine (a £13 or so pinot grigio) was also quite nice although it turned up already open which always gets on my nerves a bit. Atmosphere was poor - full of braying yuppies - not sure whether the restaurant can really be blamed for the clientele though!

Monday, January 15, 2007
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 6 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 1 | Value for money 4

Thai Square (Putney Bridge)

Great location, reasonable quality food, overly high prices, appalling service. Other reviewers are not exaggerating about the rudeness of the staff - they seemed to me to be annoyed by our very existence. Our request for a window seat was flatly refused (although most window seats then stood empty for the entire time we were there). The food itself was your basic, bog-standard Thai fare at twice the normal price. Not recommended.

Friday, December 29, 2006
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 4

The Phoenix

Some rather harsh reviews on here - we eat at the Phoenix regularly and it's a very good restaurant. Food is really excellent - particularly recommend the Dorset oysters and the lasagne with truffles (cooked to a 17th century recipe). Only criticism is that the service does struggle when they are busy; they do tend to err on the side of too few waiting staff, which can be a shame.

Friday, December 29, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

The Real Greek (Putney)

Not a good restaurant - food is average at best, but the real killer is the service. As others have mentioned, the waiting staff are pleasant enough but there are just too few of them. Be prepared to be left sitting for massive periods of time! When the food finally turns up you'll be underwhelmed.

Friday, December 29, 2006
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 5 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 3

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