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Nando's (Wimbledon)

My first Nando's experience and I was dissapointed.

I liked the efficiency of service, paying upon order so there was not waiting for the bill and serving staff were excellent. I ordered half a chicken, worried that it might be too much, my wife ordered the same. When it arrived we each had 2 "quarters" however neither of the 4 quarters had legs or much breast. This lack of food was reflected in the sides - there was a small portion of very poor processed chips, small bowl of tasteless peas, and a small bowl of coleslaw. My beer was also overpriced for the price. The chicken was Ok, if a bit dry, but overall, the meal was not worth the £30 I paid - £20 would have been the limit.

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 1


I've eaten here several times since it opened and I can honestly say that it is the best Italian restaurant in the UK that I've eaten in. This is not an English-Italian restaurant , but one that serves true Italian food, freshly cooked with excellent ingredients. The Pizza's which are cooked in a wood oven are the best I've had in the UK and up with the best I've had in Italy. The pasta is freshly made in the restaurant and very well prepared. Another good indicator of the quality is the number of Italian customers. Worcester park truly has a restaurant to be proud of. I can wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant.

Saturday, September 11, 2010
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 7


The only comment in the review below which is a review of the restaurant is that dishes often come out cold - this seems to indicate that they've been there more than once - why go back if they hate it that much.

If the food is cold then you should send it back, if it comes bact the same complain! then you can post your experience here if they don't sort it.

Yes the food all comes in the same "centrally produced" tomato sauce, but for £6.95 for 2 courses what do you expect - Jamie Oliver to pick organically grown tomatoes and Ramsay to cook them for you? I love Fat Leos and have never had a meal there below excellent, or not hot for that matter. For me it's better than places charging 2 to 3 times the cost.

Saturday, October 31, 2009
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

Franco Manca (Brixton)

Since my first visit, I try to come here at least once a month. Sadly todays visit was poor. I'm sorry to the waiting staff, but whilst they were friendly and tried their best, they were not good enough. A minute after taking our order we were asked whether we wanted the bill or have a coffee, by the person who'd sat us there less than 5 minutes before. The pizza's turned up minus the salad I'd ordered. There was no sign of the obligatory pepper mill and no opportunity to point out the missing salad. The white wine was awfull !! - Ok the pizzas should be good - no such luck - they were watery and undercooked, whilst at the same time slightly (correctly in this case) burnt around the edge - which makes me think that the oven was too hot. If they wern't watery enough, one of the waiting staff jogged my arm as I was pouring a glass of water so that I ended up with water on my pizza. He apologised, but I was still left with watered down pizza. The order for the people next to us was also messed up, with Garlic added to one pizza, when they asked for it without garlic, and no anchovies on a pizza which should have had anchovies. Someone else also complained about the mushrooms on the pizza they ordered only to be told that these were more expensive than the ones they usually use and that next time she should check what mushrooms they were using before she ordered.

Interestingly, despite arriving just after 1pm, there was no queue and tables available. I did not recognise and members of staff, including the important pizzaioli. OK everyone is entitled to have their off day, but theyve also got the front to add 10% service charge (which they didn't before) and leave a "tip plate" out. I travel accross London to come here and today, brought a pizza connaisseur with me who was not impressed. I will try this place again, and hope it was an off day and not an indication of things to come.

Thursday, July 16, 2009
Overall rating 0 stars
Food 1 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0

Thai Ming

I've been there twice recently for their lunchtime set meal - 3 course £6.95 - excellent food. Even the 2 course £4.95 menu looked very good with portions to match the more expensive menu. Recommended.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

Sirena's Ristorante Italiano

I'm afraid that that "Atrueitalian" is not reviewing the right place - this review thread is for Sirenas in BLACK PRINCE ROAD (incidentally in the basement of an office block) which is not open in the evenings - do you mean Sirenas at 44, James Street, London, W1U 1EY. They do not have large bowls of Olicves here and certainly don't have champagne on the wine list.

My last (and hopefully my last visit) was last Christmas. What a rip-off for poor quality food and even poorer wine from the overpriced Christmas menu which was forced upon us.

Saturday, May 02, 2009
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 2 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 2

Franco Manca (Brixton)

I finally got round to trying this place after the excellent reviews. I was aware of the previous incarnation, living in Brixton for most of my life up until 14 years ago. I was pleased to see that this establishment had changed hands and more importantly, brought over wood-fired ovens. As my father used to say, only a neopolitan can make a good pizza and Franco Manca proves this. However, despite being of Italian origin, and eatern many in Italy, I have never come accross one like this. The dough is thicker and moister than most Italian pizzas, but whilst different to the many I've had, it is absoulutely fantastic. The best pizza I have ever eatern in the UK and one one of the best I have ever eaten. If you like Pizza Hut, then this place is probably not for you, but otherwise you will be pleasantly surprised. Finally, onto the wine. My father used to make his own, the glass of red I had today tasted exactly like one of his best ones - nothing artificial, just pure good wine. I highly recommend this place. By the way, it is in an arcade in Brixton, so don't expert high decor.

Friday, August 08, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


I have to agree - this place is pretty good. I went there with a group of friends and everyone was pleased with the food, service etc. Ok the pizzas aren't as good as ones cooked in a wood oven in Italy, but they are one of the best in London. My starter of Calamari and courgettes was superb and our selection of cheese for the cheesboard was to die for - I'm now a convert of bufello mozzerlella. Not a place for a quiet romantic meal, but otherwise very good. Service was excellent!.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

Marsh Ruby

Since my first visit last September, I have now been here at least once a month, and always managed to miss the prawn curry, although I did catch the minced lamb keema today. I can only describe the curries as splendid, so clean and fresh and no hint of oil. As I'm so positive about this place, I must find some negatives - large curries could do with an extra scoop of rice and 20p for half a pitta bread is a bit high, apart from that, this place is perfection. I also love the sparkling Cranberry drink - hopefully one day they will run out, so I will try something else. Well done, excellent food, sevice and atmosphere !!

Friday, May 30, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


Had my second visit yesterday, this time for our office Christmas lunch. There were 18 of us, normally a recipe for disaster, namely, "office lunch" , "Christmas", "18 people". No problem for Amici - The food was excellent and we were not rushed, having been given exclusive use of their private room for 3 hours! This was excellent value and we all enjoyed it very much - this is very fortunate as we work less than 1 minute away from this place. The set price £12.50 lunchtime 3 course menu ends on Monday, but you can still try Amici's for £5.99 for a pasta dish or pizza plus a glass of wine. Please don let the fact that it looks like a hairdresser's from the outside and decor inside is starting to look dated and tired - I can wholeheartedly recommend it.

Friday, December 21, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 10

Silks Fusion Cuisine

This is my second visit in the space of a month, having visited it a number of times since it opened about 6 years ago. It is now under a new very enthusiastic manager who, incidentally is related to the person who has owned it since it's inception, so the current manager has a personal interest in the business. That's not to say that there were any particular issues previously.

The selection of very good food from three different cuisines means that diners are not tied to any particular type of food and mix the types between courses. This works very well as each dish is prepared to a high standard. The Monday to Thursday fixed price 2-course menu is excellent value and an opportunity to try Silks - their wine, including house wine in very good quality and value. My meal this evening consisted of an excellent large bowl of mussels in Garlic Sauce followed by a large plate of ribs and potatoes, whilst my wife had beef satay followed by tuna steak on rocket salad with rice. These two excellent meals were on the £10.95 set menu, however we did have to add a portion of vegetable tempura, which should not be missed. This is also a restaurant which offers you a jug of complentary (tap) water with ice rather than expects you to pay for bottled water. Total cost for two was just under £39. Highly recommended.

Thursday, November 29, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10


I ate at Emiles last Tuesday, yet another fantastic meal.

I discovered Emiles about 8 years ago - and have eaten there about 8 times - I wish it was more. The food is fantastic, almost as good as Emile's ability as a restaurateur. Despite my annual visits, he always remembers my name - my wife even booked the table in my first name this time, but he was not caught out. He knows his menu and wine list inside out and will passionately describe every dish on the menu, before you order. The food is superb and Emile will also give you hints on how to fully enjoy it - advising me to try the end of the King Prawn tails for their crunchiness and flavour - he was right - I can still taste them two days later.

The wine list is superb - no rip-off overpriced plonk here - my £12.50 bottle is available by the case on the internet for £7 a bottle - he's not even marking it up by 100%. No obligatory 10% added to the bill either - service is optional. I just wish I lived on the doorstep...... Highly Recommended.

Thursday, June 01, 2006
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

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