All reader reviews by Mac the Pie

Rivington Bar & Grill (Shoreditch)

Had a really good long lunch here last month with friends; long partly because of the atmosphere - it really does make you want to linger - but also, as others have said, because of the slow/hit-and-miss service. We were also concerned that there wasn't a note of the reservation we'd made - though fortunately we got a (very nice) table. Food was very good - pork, scallops, lobster all received glowing reviews. And the apple crumble and custard was definitely the best I've tasted (sorry Mum). I've paid this much at other places recently and had better service but worse food - I guess you take your pick!

Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 7

Bangers Bar & Grill

Bangers is another one of those Davy's underground wine bars, with sawdust on the floor, matronly waitresses and spotted dick for dessert. Also, a nice selection of port and dessert wines to splash out expenses on when you've already had one bottle of (very decent) house red too many. A good place for business lunches, with a pleasant atmosphere, good acoustics and plenty of privacy as long as it's not too busy. Food is old-fashioned rather than fancy. reckon on about £40 a head including a regulation volume of booze. Some of the Davy's are more romantic; this is definitely not a place for a date.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 6 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 7

Busaba Eathai (Store St)

Like some of the other reviewers, I wish I could like this place more. The problem, I think, is that the concept (warm, cod-zen minimalist) is more important than the food. Pad Thai I've had in Bangkok tastes pretty much the same as you get at Charlie Wright's or the upstairs room at the Bricklayers in Shoreditch; here it's far too light on the chilli. And it's a thin line between having efficient service and feeling rushed. Prices are pretty good - but then Thai usually is. Will probably go again, but only because I live round the corner.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 6 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 4 | Value for money 7

Signor Grilli

Just what you would expect from a well established, family-run Italian: good service, extensive menu, dependable house wine, very good value. The further towards the back you sit, the more it feels like you're dining in their home. One to become a regular at.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9

Caffe Uno

Currently closed for renovation, which may help. This chain is not bad compared to other standardised Italians, but then again why would anyone use this branch when there are two perfectly decent family-run Italian restaurants just a few metres along Goodge Street? Historical note: the building used to be Catesby's in the days when Tottenham Court Road was furniture shops end-to-end; this was THE place to go for linoleum.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Overall rating 5 stars
Food 5 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 5 | Value for money 5

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