All reader reviews by Liza

Gourmet Burger Kitchen (Battersea)

Despite what the cusine definition states here, its not American but Kiwi style burgers, and they are great burgers! Made properly with beetroot, pineapple, chutney and with every exotic possibility under the sun. I love the milkshakes, and my boyfriend is looking forward to his visit to New Zealand now! He actually tried the Kiwi Burger, and even with his huge appetite, struggled to finish it. Average price for a burger is about £9.50, and with the usual soft drinks and beers available.

The only downside - it can get a bit crowded in there.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Banana Tree (Clapham)

I've eaten a couple of times at the Banana Leaf, as its very local. The service is always good; the staff have mastered that level of looking after you but not intruding, and are always pleasant and friendly. The food is always very good, and their meal deal which is about £9 for a main meal and mini entrees, is very good value. The atmosphere is very relaxed and easygoing with a share table policy (hence the canteen atmosphere). Its similiar to the Pepper Tree at Clapham Common - though not related as far as I know - , but in my opinion the better of the two canteen asian style restaurants in the area. Will happily recommend the restaurant for an easy dinner out or a girly gossip meal.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

New Fujiyama

I have visited Fujiyama twice recently with my first ever visit to Fujiyama being on the Tuesday. I returned again with a group on a Sunday.

We actually headed to Brixton looking for Tsuamni but Fortunately - judging by the reviews of the food - we didn't find Tsuamni (as its at Clapham North), and instead the helpful flower seller outside Brixton tube directed us to Fujiyama.

The restaurant is canteen style, similar to the Pepper Tree (Clapham Common) or the Banana Leaf (Clapham Junction/ Battersea Rise). If you have eaten there, and been happy, you'll be fine with the seating arrangements at Fujiyama.

I'm not an expert of Japanese food, but have eaten it often over the past ten years through my travels. I've been mostly disappointed on what I've found in the UK, but Fujiyama was very good. Freshly made, good tasting, and much better than what I was expecting as from a Brixton restaurant. The bill on Tuesday came to £18 including service charge, and was for 24 pieces of sashimi (3 types), three soft drinks, and a juice (we did order two juices, but one never turned up). Pretty reasonable for London. The only downside was the service was disappointing; the staff were very distant/apathetic, and our drinks slow to arrive, with one drink completely forgotten - unacceptable considering there were almost more staff than customers. The female waitress seemed more interested in flirting with the guys sitting around at the benches (who weren't eating or drinking so were visitors rather than customers).

The third bill on Sunday was £70 including service charge for 2 glasses of wine, 3 soft drinks, 2 beers, a bento box, fried noodles, 3 servings of dumplings, half a dozen nigiri and 24 pieces of sashimi. Again the food was wonderful, and my friends were very happy with the food (including one very deprived sushi addict from Ireland) but the service was actually worse than Tuesday. After serving our drinks, they left us sitting for half an hour waiting to order even though we kept trying to get the waiters attention, the starters arrived with one person's main, and most of the remainder of the meal arrived twenty minutes after that. I say most as they forgot half of the sushi order, which took a further fifteen minutes to arrive after we chased it up (a second time).

In short Fujiyama has great food, but the service is, to be blunt, not good. So long as you have plenty of time on your hands, and don't mind repeating yourself to ensure you get the right order, you'll get to experience some great food for a reasonable price.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 10 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8

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