All reader reviews by Courtney

Porters English Restaurant

My partner and I did a spur-of-the-moment visit to Porters on Monday at lunchtime, after having been past it a number of times. The menu's first glance looks pretty good, particularly when you're really hungry - all pies and sausages. But when you sit down to properly peruse, you realise it's actually quite limited. About eight different pies and not a great deal else.

To be fair, there wasn't really anything enormously WRONG with the food - mine was a Buckingham pie, and his was a chickeney, mushroomey, cream sauced pie affair - but to be honest, there wasn't a great deal to write home about either. The pies looked impressive enough, however when served with the side of just chips as ours were, the plate just looks a bit bland. My pie seeemed more puff pastry than anything else, and to be honest, I had a lot of trouble finding any decent chunks of meat once I'd bombarded my way through the pastry top. My boyfriend's was, according to him, "much nicer", but at the end of the day it was twenty five quid for two pies and chips, a glass of water and a Coke. At those prices, I might just go down the chippy next time to be honest.

Saturday, October 07, 2006
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 4

Dim T (Charlotte St)

My boyfriend and I tried out Dim T on Charlotte Street last night for the first time. After finding out it was part of a chain restaurant, my expectations were somewhat lowered I must admit; however I have to say it was one of the best meals I have had in London for a very long time. The dumplings were for the most part excellent, and even a fairly poor duck dumpling couldn't dampen our enthusiasm for the array of other wonderful dim sum we tried, particularly the chicken and asian green steamed dumpling. We opted to forego a main dish in place of grazing on a number of dumpling baskets, and were surprised how quickly we were filled up by these alone. But the value was the real corker for this restaurant - 5 baskets of various dumplings, a bottle of warm sake and a bottle of mineral water came to £19, without service, and the sake alone was a fiver! My only criticisms would be the definite feeling of being rushed off our table as our slightly-too-attentive waitress tended to pounce on us as soon as the chopsticks hit the plate; and also the lack of room between tables does make you feel claustrophobic and lacking in privacy and elbow room. However overall definitely worth a try when in the area.

Thursday, June 01, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 9

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