All reader reviews by basemess

Dover Street Restaurant & Jazz Bar

We ate here recently for a freinds birthday and overall I think you'd best avoid it. There are a plethora of staff who stand around doing very little and fail to even answer the simplest enquiries correctly. We enquired about when the jazz music would begin and were told around 10.30pm! Hardly worthwhile coming to a jazz place when the music isn't on til that late! In the event the live music began around 7pm much to our surprise. The food was ok and thats all I can say. My Gravlax was tasty but its hardly difficult to get that right. The markup on drinks was shameful and the staff were downright rude at times. We were a little early and were ushered towards the bar but on taking a premature step towards our prebooked table found ourselves snapped at by a chain smoking waiter who said quite clearly "You're not supposed to be here yet!" The decor was shabby too, think cheap end of the wedding reception league. The chairs looked like a job lot from a seaside guesthouse! In conclusion hardly of Mayfair standards, go somewhere else, maybe the Wolseley.

Sunday, July 15, 2007
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 5 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 3


Andrew Edmunds

Ate here last night. Faultless from start to finish. Staff were accomodating and friendly - we were quite late and they were fine with this. Great wine list; we had two bottles of an excellent New Zealand PInot Noir with our meal. The starter of wood pigeon breast on caramelised apple salad with pinenuts was sublime as was the sea bass fillet as a main, and to top it all off a delectable sticky toffee pudding with half a bottle of 1971 Don Pedro Ximenez which was heavenly. Thankyou Andrew Edmunds for a wonderful evening!

Sunday, July 15, 2007
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 9


Giraffe (Battersea)

My partner and I dined here on Saturday eveing at short notice. We had toyed with the idea of giving Giraffe a try many times in the past. Quite simply the meal was great from start to finish. The staff were friendly and helpful. Our Semillion/Sauvignon was properly chilled and delicious, as was our shared Mezze plate as a starter. The Tandoori Murghi Burger I had as a main was scrumptious! We both agreed that it makes a refreshing change to experience such high standards - certainly this place would put a lot of so-called fine dining venues in Central London to shame.

Friday, July 13, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


J Sheekey

We dined at J. Sheekey on a Saturday at 8pm having booked ahead three months in advance. I had high expectations for our evening as I am a fan of seafood and was aware of the reputation of this particular restaurant. The first disappointment was the wine list which, although extensive, didnt really get our pulses racing. We decided on Champagne, the ever dependable Bilecart-Salmon Rose. The staff were jovial and attentive, definitely one of the highlights of the visit. My starter of Razor Clams was tasty but hardly a complicated concoction. I went for the Cornish Stew as my entree - what an anti-climax! The fish was overcooked and tasteless which is simply not good enough from a fine dining establishment specialising in fish! I persevered with it not wishing to be too negative but had to admit defeat. From that trought the meal soared to a final peak as I was presented with a bowl of delicious ice cream for dessert. The Sauternes wasn't that bad either. So all in all, not bad, but not that good considering the name and the struggle to get a table in the first place. I doubt J. Sheekey is worth a return visit.

Friday, July 13, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 6


Busaba Eathai (Wardour St)

I've been here a number of times and have never been disappointed. The prawn pomelo is awesome - it nevels fails to be delicious. Its the nearest thing to Thailand I've found since we visited there. Highly recommended but watch for the queue which can get really long at the weekend.

Monday, June 11, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


The Wine Factory

Ate here last night and found the whole meal pretty faultless. As mentioned in other reviews the wine list prices are a great pull, especially being able to sit down to your meal with a bottle of Imperial 1996 Gran Reserva Rioja for £26! All four if the people in our group enjoyed their food immensly and we also foudnd the waiting staff friendly and attentive without being intrusive. If you fancy a place to eat with great wines, good service and smart surroundings you'd be wise to give it a try.

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8


Shampers

We ate here at short notice at 8.30pm Friday and had little trouble securing a table. The restaurant has a nice feel to it, very intimate and cosy but with a good atmosphere. We were shown to our table by an efficient but not overly friendly waitress where we found an extensive wine list which was reasonably priced and a fairly broad menu. I opted for a chilli and garlic squid starter which was quite fiery but very tasty and we followed this with the grilled skate wing served with mash and mangetout. The skate wing was well cooked but the mains were nothing special. The Riesling we chose complemented the dish perfectly. On the whole I would say we were well satisfied with the keenly priced wine list and the setting. Our only gripes would be the smoke drifting across from numerous lit cigarettes around the room and the reserved service.

Saturday, March 17, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


Cafe Sol

My girlfriend and I popped i for a quick bite Monday lunchtime. The restaurant was dead unsurprisingly but we were made more than welcome. The salad in a taco shell was very tasty, however I think my Surfing Fajitas was just too greasy. I cant say there was much to the flavour either. Shame, but I would give the place another try, maybe when they have more people in.

Thursday, June 29, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 7


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