All reader reviews by Effie


I took my scottish husband to Albannach last night for his birthday and we came away elated!

Had a few whiskies from the excellent choice in the bar beforehand and commented on how it seemed to be a nice mixed crowd (not too touristy, or businessy or chavvy) and moved upstairs for dinner.

Our waitress was new so made a few mistakes (forgot the butter etc) but was so sweet and apologetic we didn't mind - the other waiting staff were gracious and on hand to help out even though there was a large group booking...attentive but not too attentive.

We both went for the roasted scallops in scoth broth for starter and the Haggis for main. Scallops were cooked to perfection and lighter flavours of the broth complimented them wonderfully. The Haggis was the best I've ever had - full of flavour and very smooth, neeps and tatties were creamy and the wine sauce set off an excellent sweetness to the peppery meat.

Both courses were a decent size, leaving us satisfied so we skipped pudding (none particularly appealed and we're not big pudding people).

Food came promptly and was servied on piping hot plates so it was ok to take your time as the food didn't get cold.

My only complaint is we were sat right on the balconey of the restaurant and the noise from the bar travels somewhat, but being set back a little bit would have sorted this.

Highly recommended for a sumptuous traditional scottish dinner, very good value with lovely staff.

Friday, March 28, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Mimosa at Fulham

we went on Saturday - the same night as the reviewer below. Service was quite slow but to be honest we chatted to much we didn't really notice and the staff were still very friendly and helpful - turned up when you needed them (didn't spend any time waving our arms trying to get anyone's attention)

The food was wonderful - we had goats cheese with goosberry chutney and pears on ciabatta which was pretty big and perfectly melted, also chorizo and halloumi skewers cooked to perfection (neither halloumi nor chorizo had that rubbery overcooked consistency)

Our mains of springbuck steak were to die for - somewhere between lamb and venison in taste, melt in your mouth consistency, gorgeous chargrilled flavour (the smell of the chargrill made me immediately hungry before we'd even reached the restaurant!) with substantial and fresh salad.

Our shared pudding of lime creme brulee came without being burnt on the top! Clearly the staff were worried about waiting time and whisked it away before the chef could finish it off! when it came back it was lovely, the lime flavour wasn't too strong and the creme light and fluffy

We didnt even realise we'd been there 3 maybe the service was a little slow but we had such a good time with gorgeous food in a lovely atmosphere it didn't really matter - when food is this good one should take time to savour it!

Monday, September 24, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

The Lounge Spanish Tapas Bar

a really unpretentious delight of a place - the only drawback being the big widescreen tv on one wall!

Even though it was full and only one waitress, we felt looked after and she didn't mind us taking our time choosing and eating some tapas then ordering more. really cosy and a lovely atmosphere

The tapas was wonderful - alongside the usual were things like stuffed portobello mushroom with minced meat and manchego, and barcelona speciliaty of stewed aubergine, peppers and tomatoes. Helping are decent sizes - the octopus stewed in paprika had a lovely texture and flavour, the mini paella enough extra bits for two, the tiger prawns drowning in garlic (just the way i like it) ...

all in all, laid back, fun, delicious and great friendly service - highly recommended

Monday, September 17, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Karmenz Restaurant & Bar

my husband and I LOVE this place, the staff are fab and so friendly, Karmen herself is lots of fun, as is feels very authentic and big portions. Relaxed atmosphere, cool decor, always a friendly crowd in - just don't challeneg the bar staff to Overproof rum shots!

highly recommended for excellent and authentic carribean cuisine in a relaxed but lively place

Sunday, August 27, 2006
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10

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