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TGI Friday's (Covent Garden)

We had no reservation for this restaurant but were greeted at the door and shown to a table straight away. The waiter soon arrived to take our drinks order and left us to look at the menu. The drinks arrived and as we were ready to order it was taken at the same time. We expected something quite ordinary with the food but the starters arrived and they were extremly tasty and very hot. We then enjoyed our main course with the same enthusiasm. We did not wait, we were served with a smile and we were comfortable. The only thing we could find fault with were the toilets. The ladies floor was soaked in the cubicle I went into and I hoped it had just been mopped and nothing else. It was a bit tatty and not the kind of conveniences you would expect with a famous restaurant such as this. Overall we were really happy with our first experience at this restaurant and would happily return.

Friday, May 08, 2009
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 6 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Cantina Vinopolis

We turned up on speck for a meal and were told we could have the last table available that night, so thought this must be good as they were so busy. We were given menus and wine list. As you would expect the wine list was very extensive but a tad overpriced we felt. We initially ordered two different glasses to try before spending out on a bottle. We had our staters which were delicious, we both chose the scallops and it was very good. We then asked a waiter if we could order a bottle of wine. He said he would get the wine waiter but no one came to our table for another 15 minutes, by which time we had received our main course. We then asked another member of staff who finally got us our wine. We chose a New Zealand wine and paid just under £28.00. The wine was left in a bucket across the room so we had no access to pour at our leisure, it was a struggle to get any one to get the wine for us and when we did ask someone they then had a debate with another member of staff over which bottle was ours.

We were confused when the table next to us were given a different menu, their food looked better and bigger than ours and as the tables were so close together I could see they were paying a set price, a lot cheaper than what we had paid. We were never even shown this other menu and felt a bit cheated especially when the bill arrived and for two courses, a bottle of wine and two glasses of wine the bill was nearly £115.00. I would expect to pay those sort of prices in a fairly top hotel and not a wine shop with a restaurant attached to it.

Friday, May 08, 2009
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 2

Bishopsgate Exchange (Balls Brothers)

We stumbled across this restaurant while wandering about waiting for the train. We had a bad experience at another one of Balls Brothers restaurants so were a bit reluctant to go down into the basement. We did anyway and what a surprise. The staff were friendly, the bar area was very inviting and comfortable. We ordered an excellent bottle of CJ Pask white wine and a platter to share of mixed meats, pork pie, cheese and pickles. This was served very quickly and it was all very tasty. We could not manage a dessert as the main course was so big. This is one place we will return to.

Thursday, May 08, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

The Great Wall

We ate at this chinese restaurant after reading rave reviews. Other people are not wrong. This was an excellent restaurant. The place is quite small compared to how it looks outside. We were made very welcome and shown to a nice table for two at the side of the room. The food was amazing. The choice was excellent. The portions were substantial. We over ordered totally. The staff were really pleasant and nothing was a bother to them. The food came out quick and very hot even though it was pulled up on a dumb waiter. The overall experience was well worth the money.

Thursday, May 08, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

Balls Brothers (Hay's Galleria)

My husband & I went to the Balls Brother Restaurant Hays Galleria on Wednesday 7th May at 8.15pm. We went to the bar and asked for a table for two and were told by the waitress that they were not taking any more bookings. This would have been fine if the place was busy ,but it was not. There were a few diners but the majority of tables were empty and fully laid for dinner. The waitress saw we surprised at this and a bit annoyed so she said, if you want I could ask my manager if you are able to eat! We told her not to bother as we were obviously not welcome. We were annoyed as the night before we had been and looked at a menu and spoken to the staff on the outside bar of this restaurant and were told we would be able to eat the following night and it was not neccesary to book. I could understand this attitude if we went in late and they were about to finish but 8.15pm I feel is fairly early for London eating.

Thursday, May 08, 2008
Overall rating 0 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0

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