All reader reviews by Stuart

Roka (Charlotte St)

OK its a bit pricey at 50 pound per head for the tasting menu so many might consider this more of a treat but be in no doubts it is superb food. Not personally a big fish/seafood eater but when things are sourced/cooked as well as this its difficult not to be completely converted. No weaknessesin the menu from the sashimi and sushi starters, fish and meat from the grill right through to the desserts, The presentation and attention to detail goes well beyond the gastro norm making it more of a dining experience than a meal. Service was excellent and most importantly for a tasting menu they were clearly well organised in preparing and delivering the dishes. If I was being super critical some of the tables are a bit close together which takes away from the overall excellent ambiance with the chefs/grill in the centre of the restaurant.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

Gaucho (Piccadilly)

A busy Friday lunchtime so a good test of the restaurant. The service was excellent, attentive without being pushy. Nice bread and dips, good range of starters and a vast main course range. Side orders of chips and spinach were a bit disappointing but the meat dishes were absolutely first class (the grill being in the restaurant which is a nice non-smokey gimmick). Excellent range of wine at reasonable prices for a restaurant like this but desserts were a bit on the pricey side and didn't seem especially enticing to pay the extra e.g. 8 pounds for flan? Only let down is that it is still a smoking restaurant with no "non smoking" area (and no it wasn't the meat). For its location and reputation reasonably priced and good quality.

Monday, March 12, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

ZA Restaurant

Nice surprise given some of the comments below. We had the antipasti selection for 30 pounds which was more than enough for a complete meal for 2. Lots of interesting hot and cold dishes (salami, cheeses, bread, mussels, mushrooms to name a few) brought in stages. The rest of the menu also looked excellent offering something a bit different from the plethora of average italian restaurants we have in London. Staff were excellent and friendly. Generally a nice place, would definitely go again.

Friday, September 22, 2006
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 8 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 7

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