All reader reviews by andy

Gordon Ramsay's Boxwood Cafe

My friend and i went to Boxwood to celebrate his 30th. I was surprise and delighted to see such a buzzy atmosphere when we arrived. We had a chilled beer at the bar and were seated in good time. The dining room is really cozy and laid back and you don't need to be suited and booted.

We both had deep fried oysters in Fennel and Lemon to start. These are to die for.

I had a special of John Dory with lobster mash. The fish was cooked to perfection and lobster mashed potato was a great companion; although I'm not a massive fan of perfectly smooth mash. Nevertheless it was good and was helped down by a lovely Chablis, which the Sommelier helped us with.

I had a great Chocolate fondant and my friend had ice cream cornets which were a cool and quirky way to end the meal.

All in all, a great dinner and perfect low-key birthday celebration.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 7

La Noisette

I couldn't resist to be the first person to review La Noisette, so here goes...

Have you ever found a tenner in the pocket of an old pair of jeans and been left smiling all weekend? Well that's the feeling we got after discovering the hidden gem that is La Noisette.

The blonde and I dined there on the second Friday of it's opening and were blown away. Everyone, from the receptionist to the lovely restaurant manager were so warm and hospitable.

The dining room is beautiful, but modest. The great thing here is the tables are brilliantly arranged so you don't feel like you're sat on the laps of other diners. An intimate room where you feel like you're the only ones in a full restaurant.

Our service was flawless and I got the impression that perhaps the staff were psychic. We given every thing we could have possibly wanted at exactly the right moment without having to ask; but neither were we bombarded with unwanted attention. Perfect service is very rarely experienced in London but we received nothing less than perfection from the team at La Noisette.

The menu is seasonal, simple but yet very exciting. I've been to lots of very good restaurants, but never have I seen a menu where i've wanted to order every thing on the menu like I did here. Alot of thought and passion for the best british ingredients has obviously gone into this menu and i was blown away with the variety, simplicity and honesty of this menu.

The blonde ordered the trout to start and i had the watermelon. Words cannot describe how great these dishes were. I never thought i would order watermelon at a restaurant, but i was intrigued and astounded by the combination of the melon, feta and rocket.

As a main course we chose to share the chicken; although the main course choice nearly prompted the start of divorce proceedings. I wanted the lamb, she wanted the chicken. Again, it was to die for. The only criticism of the menu would be that two out of the four meat dishes are for two people to share. A recipe for dining room domestics if ever I saw one.

When we thought it couldn't get any better, dessert came along. I ordered a peach melba off the menu and the blonde ordered a special of 'Floating Island'. The name 'floating island' felt like we were ordering something straight from an 80s school disco, however this dessert must have been created in heaven itself. You must try this. If it isn't on the menu then i suggest you stage a sit-in until they make you one; although I'm sure the lovely staff would be only too happy to oblige.

If you haven't been to La Noisette, you should go while you can still get a table. La Noisette will no doubt be London's new hot place to dine and be seen in so go now before the reservation list gets full up with celebrities and chelsea chicks.

Saturday, July 29, 2006
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

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