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Yakitoria

Sigh. You might notice that if you look back at the older reviews, Yakitoria used to garner good reviews, but they have gotten progressively worse. Unfortunately this has happened for good reason. I used to go all the time, and everyone I brought along thought it was a brilliant gem - beautiful decor, lovely food, attentive (if a bit overly plentiful and slightly green) staff. Then I moved away for a year, and to my great diappointment, Yakitoria has downgraded its menu substantially while retaining its already-too-high prices. The interesting variations on the usual sushi offerings were gone, replaced with unimaginative, tiny, overpriced rolls and pieces. As another reviewer noted, the sashimi portions are particularly insulting in size - I actually thought they'd made a mistake when they brought it out, not quite believing that the quantity:price ratio could possibly be correct, but it was. In summary, sushi is boring but fine, price is not. Your money is far better spent somewhere like Pham Sushi (ok it's across town, but it's very yummy, friendly, inventive and cheap!)

Sunday, June 29, 2008
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 4 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 2


The Frontline Club

Frontline is a very, very good restaurant - food, atmosphere, service and wine list were all expemplary, and prices perfectly reasonable, especially for wine. I went with two friends last night for dinner, and thought it was one of the best dining experiences I have had in London in a very long time. I eat out a LOT, and get quite fed up with overly ambitious menus that are not pulled off competently, surly and self-consciously hip waitstaff who seem feel that you should feel privileged at receiving their service, and wine markups and final bills that make you question whether it was wirth leaving home for. Frontline is none of that. The food was good modern British with some accents from other cuisines and all of it was excellent (the thai curry being a particular standout - like no thai curry I'd ever tried before and utterly delicious). Our waiter selected out wines after hearing what we were in the mood for, choosing first a wonderful £20 soave and then a complementary £23 alsace wine - such a bargain and bang on selections by our waiter. The service was gracious, halpful, friendly and patient (we were a table of wafflers, and we didn't fee at all rushed). And finally, the room and atmosphere: the decor is tasteful and inviting, and the lighting just right - low enough to be universally flattering and not too low to see your food. Big high brick walls, large windows, amazing wartime photography, comfortable seating, good acoustics - it was just all really well done. I am perplexed by the poor reviews - maybe they had off nights - but I would personally recommend this to anyone very confidently. Two thumbs way up.

Friday, March 14, 2008
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10


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