All reader reviews by ECR

Vinoteca (Farringdon)

Exceptionally good, freshly baked, still warm bread, which disappeared very quickly. The starter - smoked eel, quails eggs and jersey royal was I think the best that I have ever had - soft boiled eggs and a perfectly judged dressing. The pigeon and fois gras terrine also went down well. Mains were disappointing Bavette of beef being rather chewy and guinea fowl, so so. However spent a lovely afternoon, punctuated rather later with some good cheeses. Lovely relaxed place to enjoy a few glasses (or more) of wine. Will definately go back, though I may just stick to those georgeous starters.

Sunday, June 22, 2008
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9

Marquess Tavern

I really want to like it .... Lovely pub,good beer, really nice staff and really like the principles behind the food here. 1st time: starter of smoked whitebait - fridge cold fish and althougth served with homemade horseradish, a lazy dish, the companions scallops were proclaimed great. We then had the beef, the gravy was the best I have had in a restaurant, winey,rich and deep. For somewhere that prides itself on its roasts, the roast potatos were below standard, smooth on the outside and slimy in the middle - bad choice of potato variety

Second time, dragged my rather reluctant parter. Had the pike starter as an experiment, not something that I would not repeat, although I blame this on the nature of the fish rather than the pub. For the main course lamb: whilst I like my beef practially moo-ing, lamb should be cooked to at least medium rare. It does not work when cooked rare, it becomes incredibly tough and flavourless. Mash however was fantastic. Only other gripe is that runner beans are not seasonal in February. I will give it another try because I still really would like to see it work.

Saturday, March 01, 2008
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


forgot to add this to the previous review however: No one, but, no one should be serving 2004 New Zealand Savingnon Blanc - it was good then, it is an abomination now !!

Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


Having read all the previous reviews I had high hopes for this place. Taster of chard cream was lovely. Crab cakes were 95% potato and unsealed on the sides and soggy, salsify and trendy shoot salad was good however the chive butter sauce tasted as though someone had been a bit too heavy with the marigold boullion powder. My main course of lamb could only be (and this is not a compliment) be described as nice, far to greasy. Tournedos requested rare, turned out to be sirlion well-done. Staff were lovely however (and I am aware that this is a personal gripe) I do not like my wine glass being contantly refilled and I really object to being brought an unasked for extra bottle of water (which would go on the not unsubstantial bill). Really hoped this would be the gem that I am still searching for in London, but sadly not on this evenings experience

Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7


having read the reviews I had no great hopes for this restaurant. We had charming service from a lovely and very patient polish waitress. Unfortuately the food did not match up -£8 for 4 ok "engish" asparagus spears (ok that was our fault). Halibut was a generous portion unfortunately not the best of its kind. Rocket salad was drenched in something that had 3 days ago been a basil dressing but was now reduced to a black soggy mess. Expensive and if you are looking for a quiet chilled evening I would go to Greens 2 minutes away6

Thursday, July 06, 2006
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 2 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 3

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