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Oriental Brasserie

This is my favourite take-out place. Conveniently located, they usually deliver within 15 minutes! The favs? Bangkok spicy king prawns; pak choy; chicken corn soup and crackers. They know me well and I call about twice a week! Love it :)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10

Tokyo Diner

Great food at reasonable prices. Apparantly very authentic tasting...A trip to Tokyo is in order! A shame they don't have tempura though.

Monday, December 11, 2006
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 5 | Service 4 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 6

Tokyo Diner

Good value for money and apparantly authentic Tokyo-tasting stuff according to my better half. Would definitely go back but alas they don't have any tempura!!

Saturday, December 09, 2006
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 3 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 3


Crowded on a Friday night, so do book a table beforehand. Staff are rushed off their feet as well as few in number so perseverence necessary! However the food was delicious, and perfectly flavoured. Prices are good for the portion sizes. A nice little find !

Saturday, December 09, 2006
Overall rating 3 stars
Food 6 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 4

Shanghai Blues

My brother recommended this place for a nice dinner...I read up on the menu beforehand and was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of options as far as dumplings go. I wasn't disappointed - The Ha Gau was divine and generously portioned for the price. The pak choy was amazing too. However, the service was too overbearing..The staff were always surrounding us ready to pour water into our glasses (which we didn't want) and i was also disappointed with the tea and dessert. Would go back for the ambience and to sample the bar and stick to dim sum.

Thursday, December 07, 2006
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 4 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 5

Patara (Oxford Circus)

Extremely alluring from the outside - Loved the bamboo in the entrance. Upon entering, the atmosphere was very relaxed, which always appeals to me. The table we were seated at was allright - nothing too brilliant, though there was a cute little potted plant in the centre. I was impressed by the service - the waiters were friendly and knew their stuff. The prices, however, were rather steep so I was a little doubtful that it was the right choice of restaurants. However, the drinks and main menus were enticing. The Lychee Collins is my recommended drink and the food I had was very well cooked. For starts I recommend the chicken/prawn/beef satay trio which had the most divine peanut sauce accompanying it. I also had the Tom Yum Goong which was absolutely scintillating! My main course was just the right blend of sour and spice - grilled tiger prawns with a lemongrass and lime dressing. It tasted of a lot more though I can't quite pinpoint what other flavours were added to it. All in all, a good meal, though a tad overpriced.

Monday, October 30, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 2


Having heard some great reviews for this place, my fiance and I finally booked a table for two last Friday night. The ambience was ok, though being seated downstairs, I found the red lighting to be rather painful on my eyes. I must admit the falafel we sampled for starters were very good. However, it all went downhill after that. The menu being limited, I finally settled on the chicken iskender. My fiance ordered the sea bream. By that time we were done with our starters and feeling good. However, the main course took over 40 minutes to arrive and when it did I was disappointed by the small portion I got. The chicken was completely bland, covered in a tomato sauce that tasted like tomato puree. Worse still, the fried bread underneath was soggy and was awful. Aside from this, service was atrocious and it took forever for them to bring us the bill! Neither of us even managed to finish our main course despite the fact that we had spent a better part of the evening waiting for it. It sim[ply wasn't wort finishing.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Overall rating 1 stars
Food 0 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 1


Want a place which is perfect value for money? Patogh is it! My fiance and I ate a hearty meal for under £10 here and never miss an opportunity to go back. Why? The bread is to die for, as are the lamb kebabs. The cucumber dip is also a great compliment to go with this dish...Other must tries here are the tea and the rice. Mouth-watering! The location is rather awkward as it the restaurant itself. Usually have to wait to be seated, and seating is cramped - Much squeezing to be done as the tables are practically on top of each other. However, none of this deters foodies such as myself from going back there...Great for a casual meal between friends.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 10 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 10

Busaba Eathai (Bird St)

This place is great value for money! The food is fresh, the drinks are amazing, and the ambience laidback. I love the decor in this place..Wooden benchs are the seating of choice, it's casual and simple...Usually quite crowded though so conversation isn't easy. The service is quick, the menu simple...My favourites include: Thai Calamari; Fried prawns in a mango-chilli-ginger dressing; and the mango lassi!! Definite must for a casual saturday lunch while out shopping...The location's great too for a mini-break before hitting the shops again.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8

Ping Pong (Marylebone)

This place introduced me to prawn dumplings....and I never looked back! Oh and the 'ping pong' (drink) is a must-try!!!

The food and service are excellent! Very prompt and very fresh. The ambience is relaxed and perfect for a post-work quick meal. Other favourites include the prawn fried in bean curd wrap and the prawn in spinach (steamed).

Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 10


The ambience at Cocoon has not been matched by any other restaurant I've been to in the city. Hidden in a nook on Regent Street, the decor is subtly romantic...Petals in the tabletops, retro style comfy and red hues...

The drinks menu is fabulous, the food presented with panache. However, the thing I would go back for is the dessert - an amazing assortment of the most delicious delectibles ever! Reserve for a special occasion for sure!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 5

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